All Hallows’ Read Challenge #allhallowsread @ReadsFestive 

Challenge is over congrats to Jill from Rant and Rave About Books, Megan at Bookslayer Reads and Laney. Thanks so much for playing. 

If you missed my post explaining things yesterday you can find it here

My challenge is Halloween Bookish Bingo! I’ll post a Bingo card at the end of this and then you can get busy. Here’s how it’ll work:

For each square you’ll need to take a picture as proof and post it on social media using the hashtag #allhallowsreadNG so I can track it. It can be on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, whatever you prefer. You don’t have to post it on more than one platform but you can if you want to. You can also tag me if you want, I’ll definitely see it easier. I’m on Twitter @novelgossip1, Facebook, and Instagram.  

Think of it like a mini fast paced bookstagram challenge. But don’t spend too much time taking pictures, time is of the essence here! If you already have a picture that fits one of the squares, lucky you. All pictures must be your own no using Google. The first three people to get a bingo will win a prize! Just in case you’ve never played bingo before, you have to fill your card either vertically, horizontally or diagonally to claim Bingo. And I have so many books laying around that I may give away random prizes as well, you never know…

When you get bingo email me at Make sure you do this immediately as this is how I’ll determine who got done first. It will clearly take me some time to go back and double check your entries so please be patient. I do have to take my kids Trick or Treating tonight! The contest will start now and end as soon as three people get bingo. If for some reason no one finishes today, I’ll close it November 1 at 9 am my time. (I’m in Arizona on MST) Winners will be announced here by Tuesday evening as well as on my social media.


Prize One: Print copy of Zaria Fierce book one + signed David Estes Bookmark + Sonora Series Sticker

Prize Two: Alice in Wonderland book tabs + signed David Estes bookmark

Prize Three: Ten Dollar Amazon gift card and a surprise book. 

The first winner will get to choose which prize they want, second goes next, etc. 

Giveaway winners must be 18 years old or older OR have their parents permission. You must also be willing to share your address with me and the original Tour hosts. Giveaway is international!! 

You can’t use the same book for more than one square. Some squares need to be a specific type of book, but if I don’t mention that in my explanation you can use any book.

Now onto the good stuff! Here’s the card and I’ll post an explanation for each square afterwards. Please contact me with any questions. You can comment on this post as well, and if you want to link your progress here that’s fine too. Have fun and be creative! 

Horror: Horror book

Costume: Picture of yourself, kid, pet etc in a costume 

Missing person: Book about a missing person

Skeleton: Pic of a skeleton decoration

Drink: Beverage and book

Monsters: Book with monsters or monster decorations 

Current read: Self explanatory

Serial killer: Book featuring a killer

Leaves: Book and leaves 

Book ombré: Halloween inspired book ombré 

Ghost: White book

Paranormal: Book with paranormal/supernatural elements 

Creepy cover: self explanatory 

Candy: Book and candy

Fall Goodies: favorite fall themed Bookish  stuff or favorite recent  Bookish purchase 

Pumpkin: Book and pumpkin 

Halloween Shellie: Halloween themed Shelfie or stack 

Favorite read: From October 

Candle: Book and candle

Trick or Treat: A book that surprised you either in a good or bad way

Thriller: Mystery/Thriller book

Black cover: self explanatory 

Orange cover: self explanatory 

Vampire: Book featuring vampires

Review: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen @StMartinsPress @SMullenCoAuthor

Release date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Young Adult

Goodreads blurb: 

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends their entire lives. Cath would help Scott with his English homework, he would make her mix tapes (it’s the 80’s after all), and any fight they had would be forgotten over TV and cookies. But now they’ve graduated high school and Cath is off to college while Scott is at home pursuing his musical dreams.

During their first year apart, Scott and Cath’s letters help them understand heartache, annoying roommates, family drama and the pressure to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they want to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should be more than friends? The only thing that’s clear is that change is an inescapable part of growing up. And the friends who help us navigate it share an unshakable bond.

This funny yet deeply moving book–set to an awesome 80’s soundtrack–captures all the beautiful confusion and emotional intensity we find on the verge of adulthood…and first love. 


What a fun read! I absolutely adore epistolary books and I haven’t read one for ages. Epistolary is just a fancy word that means it’s told through letters, emails or some sort of correspondence. This was a totally delightful read that I devoured in an afternoon and I think it will be very appealing for YA readers.

Cath and Scott have lived across the street from each other their whole lives and are the best of friends. Their relationship was so endearing, sweet, and hilarious! Their wicked banter was sharp and witty and it made me long for the days of my own youth. The book starts when Cath is beginning her freshman year at college and Scott is staying at home and working with his father in his clothing store.

It’s set in 1982/1983 and there were some really great references to the music of that era. I loved hearing them write about things like Michael Jackson’s new album, Thriller with his hot new song Billie Jean. The nostalgia was so strong, and even if you’re not a child of the eighties I have no doubt that you’ll catch some of the references anyway. Even the fact that the two were exchanging actual letters and phone calls from a landline, was so sweet and gave a nod to a simpler time. Though much has changed since the eighties, Cath and Scott’s adolescent struggles are still wholly relatable today.

The style makes it easy to finish this one quickly and even though I did just that, I was still very involved and connected to both Cath and Scott. Over the course of this year in their lives they deal with divorce, death, first love, and being away from home for the first time. As they both struggled in different ways, they always had each other to lean on. They were so cute and lovable and their friendship was just lovely.

This was so fresh and charming, filled with heart and humor, and though I think it’s simply perfect for the YA crowd, this thirty five year old loved it as well. My only small complaint is with the ending, it just seemed a bit rushed, but with the direction that it took, I completely understood why it ended in this manner. Just wanted to give a little warning about that part because I know some readers get irritated with abrupt endings. Please don’t let that stop you from picking this one up though, it was still very much worth the read. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Huge thanks to Jessica at St. Martin’s Press for my review copy.

All Hallows Read #allhallowsread

Hey guys! I’m super excited to be a host for All Hallows’ Read tomorrow. Today I’m sharing how to sign up and all the details you’ll need to participate. My challenge is going to be Halloween Bookish Bingo and I think it’ll be really fun. I also have some great prizes for the winner of my challenge, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see what they are. 

All Hallows’ Read consists of a combination of typical read-a-thon components (i.e. setting personal reading goals, establishing a bit of friendly competition with fellow participants, sharing daily updates on social media/blogs/booktubes, etc.) alongside a few unique components. During each day of the read-a-thon, a book blogger will be hosting a literary challenge of his/her creation. The specific directions, prizes, etc. for each of these challenges will be posted on the challenge host’s blog according to the following schedule:

All participants, upon signing up for the read-a-thon via the link below, are invited to create a post/video/tweet/Goodreads status update regarding their goals for the week ahead. These goals can range from the number of books you want to complete over the course of the seven day read-a-thon to the number of pages you’re planning to read per day or a specific to-read list that you’re hoping to work through. Once you’ve posted your read-a-thon goals, don’t forget to include the link in a comment below! If you have a few minutes to spare, feel free to do some blog hopping and stop by other participants’ blogs/booktubes/bookstagrams – you may find some new favorites!

You can check in daily over at Festive Reads.  Daily updates can consist of personal statistics for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of pages read, number of books read, your goals for the upcoming day, the books you plan to start/continue during the upcoming day, your thoughts on your reading progress or the books you’ve been tackling – use your imagination!), some of your favorite update posts from other participants, and, if you choose to partake in the daily challenges, your submissions for those. There is no right or wrong method to creating an update post – it can be as formal or informal as you would like.
Individuals who post a daily update for each day of the read-a-thon will be eligible to win one of several Ultimate Prizes. The winners of these prizes will be randomly selected from the pool of eligible participants at the conclusion of the read-a-thon, so keep an eye out for the announcement! The frequency of any additional updates on twitter and Goodreads may increase your chances of winning one of the Ultimate Prizes, giving you a competitive advantage, so get posting!
The read-a-thon will run from Sunday, October 30th at 12:01 am EST to Saturday, November 5th at 11:59 pm EST. Participants are welcome to sign up for the read-a-thon at any point during the week – it is not mandatory that you sign-up ahead of time!

When discussing the read-a-thon on social media (twitter, instagram, etc.), don’t forget to use #allhallowsread
To sign up for the read-a-thon and view other participants, click here.

If you decide to join you can grab this to share 

Any questions feel free to ask me or the original hosts, The Novelty of Life or Brewing Up Books

Review: Inherit the Bones by Emily Littlejohn @MinotaurBooks

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Release date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery/Thriller 

Goodreads blurb: 

Secrets and lies can’t stay buried forever in Cedar Valley.

In the summer, hikers and campers pack the small Colorado town’s meadows and fields. And in the winter, skiers and snowboarders take over the mountains. Season by season, year after year, time passes and the lies, like the aspens and evergreens that surround the town, take root and spread deep.

Now, someone has uncovered the lies, and it is his murder that continues a chain of events that began almost forty years ago. Detective Gemma Monroe’s investigation takes her from the seedy grounds of a traveling circus to the powerful homes of those who would control Cedar Valley’s future.

Six-months pregnant, with a partner she can’t trust and colleagues who know more than they’re saying, Gemma tracks a killer who will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried.


This is the second really good mystery debut that I’ve read this week, I would say I’m on quite a roll! When Chelsea at The Suspense Is Thrilling Me talked of a similar feel to a Karin Slaughter book in her review of this one, I was intrigued. I can definitely see why she felt this way as I could feel a similar vibe, there just wasn’t quite as much violence and gore here. I felt the need to mention this straightaway as I know I have some readers who don’t like that type of stuff and I think this one would be a better fit than some of the darker books I read. (You guys just aren’t as sick and twisted as me! 😜) Keep in mind though that there is still some violence and descriptive scenes, and there are definitely some very chilling moments.

Gemma is a heavily pregnant detective from Cedar Valley, Colorado. I loved this setting, I know firsthand how gorgeous Colorado is and if you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting there, this book will give you a taste of what it’s like. Cedar Valley is a small town, with plenty of small town politics at play. They only have three unsolved murders in their history and both happened in the summer of 1985. A woman was murdered and two young, local cousins vanished without a trace. Gemma is haunted by these cold cases, especially the disappearance of the the McKenzie boys. She’s been tormented on and off by nightmares about them, and when a man who works for the circus that stops by town is murdered, her nightmares return with a vengeance.

There was a nice little twist very early on that pleased me and set the tone for the entire story. This wasn’t the type of book that continuously revealed gut punching plot twists, however it did have its fair share of surprises that kept me absorbed. It was well paced and heavily focused on police procedures which continues to fascinate me. Gemma was a very appealing and strong protagonist, and she had enough interesting quirks (her voracious and hearty appetite was my favorite, I can relate to a pregnant woman’s love affair with food) and things going on in her personal life that makes me think she could carry a series easily. Besides Gemma, there was also a strong cast of supporting characters within the department and the town of Cedar Valley.

This was a solid debut and Littlejohn has a sharp and clever writing style. I’m really curious to see where she takes this series and I’m invested in Gemma’s life, both personally and professionally. This is an absolutely perfect fall read and I have a feeling it will be popping up on many fall must read lists. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Minotaur Books for my review copy.

Saturday Shoutout: Q & A with Author Arnulfo Cantatero @ArnieCantarero

Today I have Arnulfo Cantarero here for a Q & A and some information about his book, Emotions. Read on for all the details!


Jason Ariaz is not your average 22 year old. He has been enhanced in many ways but that’s only the beginning. He is an emotionless extraterrestrial born to human parents and living amongst us. Both him and his implanted thinking computer were damaged on landing and must go through life as less than what they really are. The purpose of their mission: to gain permanent emotions from the more primitive society that is Earth. If he is successful, he will be the first of his species to do so in nearly 200,000 years.
Hope lies in the fact that he is capable of emotional episodes and he has been able to forge true friendships. However, he does have the chance of completing his mission if he can truly care for Ariel, the closest human in his life. But he better know his heart soon. Their lives are in danger of ending tonight, unless he can recover what his species has lost.

Q & A

1. What’s a typical writing day for you look like? Describe your perfect writing environment. 

A: My typical writing day involves finding time to write. Since I’m not a full-time writer just yet, so I’ll use whatever time I can find. I will usually use my lunch hour, when I’m standing still at my day job, I’ll pull out my phone and start writing.  

However, my perfect writing environment does involve just being at my desk ( clutter free), with the tv in the background and, if I’m lucky, a cloudy day. I find I can dive into my imaginary worlds much better this way. 

2. How did you get started writing? Was it something that you’ve always loved? 

A: I had always loved reading (imperative if you’re a writer) and I realized they weren’t a lot of books with what I wanted to read. So, I embarked on the journey to write the book I had always wanted to read. Before I knew it, I had found my calling. 

3. Who are your favorite writers/inspirations? 

A: Even though I’m not a fan of horror, I admire Stephen King for his tenacity. That man sacrificed for his art, writing up to 2 am in a boiler room while married and with a full-time job. J.K. Rawlings for similar reasons, but I also happen to love her books. Jim Butcher, Issac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, and Rick Riordan among others. There are so many fantastic writers out there, it would be hard to mention them all. 

4. Anything you can tell us about upcoming projects?

A: I’m currently working on the sequel to Emotions, my first book. I am also working on getting my first book turned into an audio book. Trying to get the right voices for the characters is very important so that may take some time. I hope to have that done by early next year. 

5. Normally how do you develop plots/characters? Brief us on your process. 

A: I get the seed for my books from my dreams. Being a big science fiction fan, my dreams tend to float around that area. Once that happens, I’ll work out the plot in my head, with twists and turns being added that will develop the characters and the story to match what I saw. 

The characters I tend to base on people I know, since that gives them an air of realism that may not otherwise exist. This has the extra advantage that I can call them up and ask them “Hey, what would you do if I tell you your outfit is funny?”. Naturally, I will embellish some of their details. After all, I don’t know of anybody yet that has had a polar bear as a pet (spoilers) 

6. Favorite character from one of your own novels? 

A: It’s a character from my newest book (the sequel to emotions). Any way you see it, she’s had it rough, from her upbringing to the point she is “rescued”. She manages to make the best out of any situation and, despite the fact that humanity has treated her poorly, she is willing to give her life for the people that have helped her. I have big plans for her and she’s a joy to write. 

7. The preferred method for readers to contact you? 

A: Email is always the best way. With social media the way it is, an email address contains plenty of information while at the same time allowing for privacy. Not only this but you can send larger files via email than with a text message. Like most people nowadays, if I get a call from an unknown number, I may not actually answer but an email, you better believe I’ll reply. 

8. On average, how long does it take you to write a book? 

A: I’d say about six months give or take. Editing may take just as long since that’s when scenes take on a life of their own. Naturally, this is also when grammar is checked and re checked and then the editor checks as well.  

10. Which one of your characters do you relate to the most? 

A: I have to admit, I relate to my main character from my first novel the most. Like him, I feel that most people took a special class on how to deal with social situations, and I missed the memo. I like to believe I’m always evolving, just like him, and even to this day, I sometimes miss the point.  

11. If writing wasn’t your career what would you be doing? 

A: I always wanted to be a scientist, but I love inventing things as well. When I was a kid, I wanted to have my own company called Gadget, Inc where I’d invent everyday gadgets yet also contribute cutting edge technology. 

12. What’s the best compliment that you’ve received about your work? 

A: I have to say how many people related to the main character. More than one reader has told me how they could see themselves in Jason (minus the alien part). I have to admit, that felt good.

About the Author: 

Author Bio

Being a part of two worlds give you a really good perspective. By two world’s I mean I was born and mostly raised in another country (Honduras) but I kept coming to the United States so often that I adopted many characteristics of what I liked about the culture.

I have always been an avid reader as far as I can remember. One of my first books was from the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne, and I couldn’t get enough of it! I don’t remember how many times I read it, but I was fascinated by how you can create new worlds just be using words. People would come to life, worlds could be seen through the mind’s eye, and you could be created of all of this. What could be better than that?

I wrote my first book (and every book after that) on the principle of “what I’d like to read” and naturally what others would find to be a great story with fleshed out characters that they would want to follow. Even while studying computer engineering I wanted to write books that I would be proud of.

My first book is available for digital download at and paperback, but all authors dream of seeing their book on the big screen. I did write with the intention of one day seeing it up on the silver screen.

I never stop writing using whatever is around as inspiration since you never know when your next big idea may come from. Editing can be just as exciting as writing because you never know how you’ll expand on a chapter and make the plot work for the overall story. What other medium allows to be the creator of your own universe, follow your own rules, and if needs be, you can break the rules.

You can find Arnulfo on Twitter @ArnieCantarero, InstagramGoodreadsFacebook, and his website.
Thanks Arnulfo for joining me today!

Review: A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer @KelRimmerWrites @bookouture

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Release date: October 28, 2016

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Women’s Fiction 

Goodreads blurb: 

‘He’s dead and I’m safe, but I’m still scared. Sometimes I actually miss him, but then in the very next breath I find that I hate him so much that I hope there is a hell, just so that he can be suffering like he left me here to suffer.’ 

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete. 

But now David is dead and Olivia’s world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger. 

Something was very wrong in Olivia and David’s marriage. Can Olivia and Ivy break their silence and speak the truth? A mother should protect her child, whatever the cost…shouldn’t she? 


Rarely am I shocked by a twist in a non thriller/mystery novel as I tend to find them mostly predictable, likely due to the fact that I read so many books with amazing plot twists. Generally, enough hints are dropped that I can quickly figure  things out without much effort. The cover calls the twist breathtaking and there is no more fitting description to be found. 

I had already snagged this one from Netgalley when I read Payton’s compelling review, but man did she make me want to read this even more! She assured me that I would love it and boy was she ever right. So thanks Payton for the fantastic recommendation.

This is told from two perspectives, that of Olivia, a young mother who recently lost her husband, David and David’s mother, Ivy. There are references made to The Tragedy, which obviously refers to David’s death, but the details aren’t revealed until the very end. Olivia’s story is mostly told from the present though she reflects back on her marriage often, especially when she’s meeting with her grief counselor. Ivy’s story is told starting when David is born and leads all the way up until his death. It’s clear early on that David and Olivia’s marriage is full of dark secrets and that Ivy’s relationship with her son is….odd to say the least.

Olivia is a broken woman trying to pick up the pieces of her life after David’s death. She’s struggling to survive and the only thing that’s keeping her going is her baby daughter, Zoe. This may be a minor spoiler, but I don’t think it is as it’s revealed straight away, but David abused poor Olivia. Not only was he physically abusive, he was so manipulative it chilled my blood. It was so subtle that even I had to think about it at times and say, did he really just say/do that?! 

I hated Ivy. HATED her. She has an unhealthy obsession with her son and refuses to believe that he could ever do any wrong. Like ever. Even as a young boy she convinced herself that everything was always someone else’s fault besides David’s and that he was literally perfect. She brings delusional to a whole new level and her lack of awareness made me sick. Even when she had small moments of doubt regarding David’s abhorrent behavior, she was quick to brush it off and blame it on someone else.

The character development, especially with Olivia, was phenomenal here. She starts off as a wounded and broken woman, but soon begins to take back her life and make a plan to at least try and be happy. I loved watching her have small victories and was mentally rooting her on the entire way.

 As I mentioned earlier, the twist was unexpected and shocking, but it also shattered my heart into a million pieces and made me cry like a baby. I experienced such a wide range of emotions while reading this one. I was angry, empathetic, sad, disgusted and at times even happy. This was clearly an emotional read and one that will stay with me for awhile. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy.

Blog Tour/Review: That Girl by Leslie DJ @sinistergirlz @HelloChickLit


That Girl – By Leslie DJ – Book Tour

That Girl
By Leslie DJ
Genre: Chick Lit
Release Date: Sept 20, 2016


Stacey Melendez doesn’t believe in marriage. It’s 2008 and she’s perfectly content being a single 28-year-old Latina living in Manhattan with her best friend and roommate Lin. She doesn’t mind dating handsome unreliable men. But when Lin suddenly announces she’s getting married Stacey is forced to reevaluate her love life and living situation. Stacey must learn to live on her own and find love within herself in order for anyone else to love her in return.

Buy the Book:

Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Leslie DJ


Leslie DJ is a Dominican-American writer and radio personality who resides in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. She is the writer and founder of, an online publication that features written and audio music-related content. She hosts Sinister Girlz Live on WBMB Baruch College Radio 94.3 FM New York on Fridays at 4pm EST. In 2005 she was awarded the Dymphna Leonard Award for Fiction for her short story, “The Summer of Lost Innocence,” from her alma mater, Marymount Manhattan College. She graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Playwriting and received her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction from The New School of General Studies.

Find her here:

Website | Twitter | SinisterGirlz


I used to never read novellas, I’m not sure there was any one reason why I didn’t, I just kind of avoided them. I’m so glad I’ve been giving them a chance lately, they’ve been fun and this one may be my favorite one to date!

Stacey is a great, identifiable character. She’s in her late twenties trying to make it in New York. Things aren’t going so great, her job sucks, she’s single and her best friend just got engaged. She’s dealing with all the typical things many women her age encounter, but she’s doing it with humor. This book was so funny! Her and her girlfriends would be a blast to hang out with, and the way she handles her meddling mother made me simultaneously groan and giggle. Her luck with dating and men is horrible, then she meets Jeff, a successful and attractive man that’s interested in her to boot. As Stacey gears up for Lin’s wedding, she must evaluate her own love life and decide what her future holds.

This was smart, funny and engaging and I was totally connected to Stacey. Being a novella, I finished within a couple of hours which is fun! I liked that it was set in 2008, there were some funny references to things like My Space. The ending wasn’t predictable which I always appreciate and I’m hoping that Leslie DJ will continue on with Stacey’s story?!

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the author and Hello Chick Lit for my review copy.

Book Tour Arranged by: HCL Author Services & Book Tours

Visit ALL the stops on the Tour:

October 23rd

Sparkles at Midnight – Author Guest Post
Hello…Chick Lit – Book Excerpt

October 24th

Judging More Than Just The Cover – Author Q&A
Grass Monster – Amazon Book Review

October 25th

Bookish Regards – Book Review
Coffeeholic Bookworm – Book Excerpt

October 26th

ItsShelbyMariee – Book Review
Jena Books – Book Excerpt

October 27th

Novelgossip – Book Review
Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt

October 28th

ItaPixie’s Book Corner – Book Review

October 29th

My Comfy Reading Corner – Book Review

October 30th

Corinne’s Garden – Book Promo Post
DystopianCitzn – Book Review

Review: The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt @writermels @bookouture

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Release date: October 27, 2016

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Thriller, Crime Fiction 

Goodreads blurb: 

One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.

Six months after the stabbing of sixteen-year-old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more? 

Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal. 

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’s life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…? 


Sherratt wastes no time and immediately jumps straight into the action with this one. A teenage girl, Deanna is murdered one evening in a park. Her killers? Other teenagers. Just typing that out gave me the chills. Now six months have passed and the teens involved are being held until their trial. But other local kids are suddenly and swiftly being terrorized and humiliated days before the trial is to begin. One even goes missing, is there a connection between all of these events? It’s up to Eden Berrishford to figure it all out.

This is the first book in a new series featuring Eden and I’m already fascinated by her character. She’s a single mom with a teenaged daughter, Casey. She’s not your typical detective character, she’s very family oriented and really cares about her community, she has a vested interest. Her ex husband Danny isn’t in the picture anymore, but there is definitely a big story there and one that I’m hoping Sherratt explores as this series continues. Eden has a sister, Laura, who also has a teenage daughter named Jess. She’s a widow and also has another older daughter, Sarah. When Jess goes missing, Eden is bound and determined to stop at nothing in order to bring her back home safe and sound. 

This one is definitely more thriller than mystery, however I was still dying to know what would happen next. Will Eden find Jess before it’s too late? Is this case too personal for her to keep a clear and objective head? You get many various perspectives here, from Eden and Laura to Jess and more. The scenes with Jess during her ordeal were full of tension and anticipation and I felt like I was right next to her cheering her on and hoping she would stay safe. I really couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, I was utterly absorbed.

As I don’t want to discuss the plot too much, I’ll say that this is an excellent start to what I hope is a long series. I love the feeling I get after reading the first book in a truly enthralling new series and I felt it in spades here. Eden is such a relatable character, yes she’s a cop but she’s also a mom, sister and aunt just trying to do right by her family. Her and Laura are very close and their sisterly relationship was very honest and identifiable. I loved the relationships between her and her coworkers, they have a great and engaging rapport.

I really cannot wait to see where Sherratt takes this series next, there are so many possibilities here and so much to delve into. This is definitely a series with substance that you can sink your teeth into and the brisk pace coupled with the elaborate and well written plot make for one hell of a read. 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to Bookouture for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Missing Parts by Lucinda Berry

Release date: October 25, 2016

Publisher: Rise Press

Genre: Psychological Thriller 

Goodreads blurb: 

Growing up abandoned by her father and raised by a single mother, Celeste was determined to create the perfect family but even perfect families have secrets. Celeste’s days are filled with a rewarding career, a devoted husband, and her four-year-old daughter. Only Celeste knows the precarious house of cards her family is built upon until the day her daughter falls critically ill. Celeste’s world quickly spirals out of control as her secret threatens to destroy her marriage, family, reputation, and sanity. She’ll go to any lengths to protect her family—take any risk, break any law—anything except tell the truth.


I knew this one was right up my alley as soon as I read the blurb. A mother with secrets that’s willing to do anything to keep them quiet? I’m in! While I had a few minor issues with this one, overall I was pleased.

Celeste is a wife and mother living a normal life in Los Angeles until her daughter gets seriously ill. It’s apparent right away that there is something off about Celeste and that’s she’s hiding something. Admittedly I figured out the bones of her secret fairly quickly, but there were details that were still surprising. After her secret is revealed, everything starts to crumble for her. At the end of Part One of this book, I was rather shocked. It was reminiscent of My Girl by Jack Jordan, but it didn’t have quite the same gut punch to the twist. It was still unexpected and appreciated though.

Part two went in a direction that I wasn’t anticipating after the twist in part one. Celeste’s true character is shown and it wasn’t pretty. She’s extremely hard to like and she’s unreliable, but I don’t mind that at all. I’ve read plenty of books with unlikable narrators and enjoyed them and the same can be said here. This is a hard one to review because any details I would like to share regarding character development and plot structure would ruin it for everyone.

Yes, I guessed some twists, but I wasn’t very disappointed and I think it’s because I was enjoying the ride so much. This is a read it in one sitting type of book and that’s exactly what I did. Berry’s potential as a writer is very clear and I would definitely pick up anything else she writes in the future. She’s a psychologist herself and I think this provided some fascinating insight and impacted the way she wrote this in a fantastic way.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the author for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

Release Week Blitz/Q & A: Three and Out by Laura Chapman @lchapmanwrites

New from Laura Chapman, the third installment of her fantasy football romantic comedy Queen of the League series . . .

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After rushing to the altar and moving across the country, Harper Duquaine (or is it MacLaughlin, now?) is in uncharted territory. What once seemed like a promising opportunity to advance her husband’s career while giving her some much needed independence and adventure has proven to be a bust. By the time fall rolls around again, she’s back in a boring job by day and overstocking her inventory of crocheted scarves by night. Not even the prospect of a new football season holds much excitement.

 At least that’s what she thought. Harper suddenly finds herself the manager of not one but two fantasy football teams—each with its own set of drama. Between the added pressure of her new marriage, an unexpected career prospect, and the hiccups created by people from her past and present worlds, Harper quickly finds herself going from bored to overwhelmed.

Can she hold up under the pressure, or will Harper learn the hard way that the turf isn’t always greener on the other field?

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*** BARGAIN ALERT *** To celebrate the new release, for a limited time, you can pick up the first two stories in the series for only 99 cents each. EBooks First & Goal and Going for Two are available for only 99 cents each. ***

In Laura Chapman’s Queen of the League series, Harper Duquaine joins a fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way). Her competitive streak soon emerges, and she catches the interest of her top two competitors. With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

First & Goal 

Going for Two 

About the Author 

Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, Going for Two, Three & Out, and The Marrying Type.  Her holiday novellas Making Christmas and What Happens at Midnight will be released on November 8, and are now available for pre-order. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Connect with her online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube and on her website at

Q & A

What’s a typical writing day for you look like? Describe your perfect writing environment.

When I’m heavily involved in a writing project, a typical day of writing includes a 30-minute writing sprint before I leave for the office every morning. I’ll do another one during my lunch break. Then I’ll sit down to write for a couple of hours in the evening. The time varies depending on how much I’m able to accomplish in a sitting. I tend to take frequent breaks during the evening, too, usually to watch something on Netflix. Friday Night Lights was my show of choice for First & Goal, The Mindy Project for Going for Two, and Frasier for Three & Out. That last one actually makes a little sense if you read the book. I also carry a notepad and my phone with me wherever I go, so I can jot down scenes or dictate dialogue while I’m on the move. As for my perfect writing environment, I am super flexible. I wrote my first book primarily on airplanes and in airports while I was traveling for work. I’ve written big chunks of my subsequent novels in cafes, coffee shops, and bars. I can also work well on my couch, at my desk, or in my bed or bathtub. I’m kind of a nomad with my writing, so my perfect writing environment is one that changes.

How did you get started writing? Was it something that you’ve always loved?

I’ve always been drawn to stories. I grew up in a family that loved books, movies, TV, and more books. I really can’t remember a time when I didn’t know that I wanted to be a writer or when I wasn’t studying the way other people told stories. I was so excited the first time I watched a DVD with director or writer commentary, because it gave me a chance to learn more about the decisions they made and why. I think I always knew I was going to write a book someday. Even though it’s such a huge part of my life now, I still sometimes can’t quite believe it’s what I do.

Who are your favorite writers/inspirations?

I am completely in awe of writers like Nora Roberts and Bella Andre who commit to a writing schedule and follow it. They are so prolific and it is because they are so dedicated to their work. Someday, I hope I get myself together enough to be more like them. I also really admire funny and gracious authors like Colleen Hoover and Rachel Hollis. They each have these amazing and unique personalities, and you can see just how grateful they are for their success. They definitely don’t seem to take anything for granted and are big on giving back. Plus, they’re all amazing storytellers. You have to admire that.

Anything you can tell us about upcoming projects?

On November 8 I will be releasing two standalone holiday novellas. These were previously published in a collection last year, but the publisher unfortunately closed, so they are getting new life this holiday season. I’m a huge Hallmark Christmas movie fan and Making Christmas and What Happens at Midnight are the result of that love. I have a sixth book in revisions. This one is more contemporary romance than romantic comedy, and… I want to tell you everything about it, but I can’t just yet. I am working on my seventh novel during National Novel Writing Month next month. I came up with the nuts and bolts of this story while waiting out rain in a cafe in Nantes, France.

Normally how do you develop plots/characters? Brief us on your process.

I usually come up with a concept first. Like for the Queen of the League series, I was halfway through my first fantasy football draft, and I thought, “Wouldn’t this make a great story?” From there, I create a wishlist of sorts, jotting down everything I’d hope to include in a story. (I actually have several of these files for stories that aren’t yet, and may never be, written.) From there I create character sketches for the primary characters, which include the basics, like what he or she looks and acts like, as well as somewhat detailed descriptions of their motivations and emotions. This helps me understand who they really are and why and how they would react in different situations. Next, I use a beat sheet to plot out the ten major scenes, which I use to create a character driven scene by scene outline. I use that as my roadmap for driving, though like on any good trip, sometimes I take detours or decide to nix or replace scenes if the story doesn’t need them.

Favorite character from one of your own novels?

You know, it’s maybe a toss-up between Blitz and J.J. from the Queen of the League series. That makes me laugh to think about, because I never would have guessed that when I started writing these stories. Blitz the cat closely resembles my little boy cat, Bingley, and he was a lot of fun to write. J.J., who is part villain, part friend, ended up surprising me a lot. Out of all the characters I’ve written, he is the one who evolved most from inception to where he is now in the story. He’s grown a lot, and he still has room for improvement. He’s complicated and kind of fascinating. I have a feeling I might not be done with his character yet, but time will tell.

Preferred method for readers to contact you?

I am in a deeply committed relationship with my phone, which keeps me connected via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I love to hear from readers on all of these platforms, and I try to respond whenever possible.

On average, how long does it take you to write a book?

Each of my books have kind of been special snowflakes when it comes to how long it took to go from idea to published story. When it comes to writing a first draft, my books usually take about two months to write, though that can be spread out. (If I start the book in November for National Novel Writing Month, despite my best efforts, I tend to take off December and most of January for a February/March finish.) The biggest fluctuation comes in how long it takes me to plot out a story and revise it. I’m happy to say that my revising time is getting smaller. I hope it means I’m becoming a better writer, but it could also be that I’m doing a more thorough job plotting in the first place.

Which one of your characters do you relate to the most?

Probably Harper from the Queen of the League series. Though I sneak parts of myself into all of my characters, Harper probably most closely relates to me and the feelings of restlessness and indecision I had throughout most of my 20s (and even now that I’m 30). Like Harper, I really want to be a good, well-put-together person, but I constantly find myself straying. 

If writing wasn’t your career what would you be doing?

I actually also have a second career working full-time as the communications coordinator for a museum. Still, that shares a lot of similarities with being an author. If I wasn’t a writer, I think I’d enjoy teaching. I have a ton of respect for teachers, and I love sharing my passions with others. It’s a lot of work and a tough job.

What’s the best compliment that you’ve received about your work?

I love it when I hear someone say one of my stories kept them up reading all night. As a fellow book lover, who has stayed up way too late reading something I couldn’t put down, that has to be the nicest compliment.

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