Month: Feb 2018

a diary date for next week: Lisa Hartley’s Tell No Lies blog tour!

Join me here on March 3rd for my blog’s launching of Lisa Hartley’s new Detective Caelan Small novel, Tell No Lies. There will be, as usual, a book review, and my interview with Lisa, where we will talk a bit about everything, and about her other writing projects and upcoming publications. Tell No Lies is a sequel to Ask No Questions, whose review will appear here on March 2nd.

Interviewing the Author: Kaela Coble

  It is my pleasure today to welcome to my blog lovely author Kaela Coble, whose début title Friends and Other Liars has just been published in the US market by the nice folks at Sourcebooks Landmark. I would also like to thank her profusely for her time and, most of all, for her patience and perseverance in the face of a mountain of questions from me, and apparently as many problems with her wayward computer. To begin with, here’s her short bio: Kaela Coble is an author of women’s fiction, represented by Stephanie Kip Rostan of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. Friends and Other Liars was published by Sourcebooks Landmark in the U.S. and Atlantic Corvus in the U.K. under the title Friends and Liars. She is also passionate about helping people to develop professionally, whether that be as a writer or in any other career. This enthusiasm for career development led her to launch a coaching business in 2016. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer through the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and …

Book Review: Friends & Other Liars by Kaela Coble

The title was rather kindly made available to me by the publishers, Sourcebooks Landmark. This review is also being published to NetGalley, GoodReads, LinkedIn, and my social media accounts. About the novel Friends and Other Liars: Sometimes the secrets we keep are more dangerous than the ones we reveal… When Ruby St. James returns to her hometown of Chatwick, Vermont, it’s under the worst circumstances. It’s been ten years since she’s been home, and she tells herself the solitary life she’s built in New York City suits her just fine—at least well enough to avoid slicing open the scars left by her first love, Murphy, or her bipolar, recovering alcoholic mother. But when one of her estranged childhood friends commits suicide and another compels her to attend the funeral, guilt draws her right back into the tumultuous world she escaped from a decade ago. Her plan—to hightail it out of town the minute the last rose hits Danny’s coffin—is delayed when her former friends are called together for a reading of Danny’s last words. Their hopes …

Friends And Other Liars ~ Prologue

Danny Now Look at them. I’m dead and they’re still pissing me off. They’re disgusting. Sitting in their pew, huddled together like a pack of wolves. Each playing their part in mourning—the bereaved, the wilted, the guilty. They clutch at one another, leaning on each other physically and emotionally for support. Shaking heads, balled fists, crocodile tears. Asking why, how. Dabbing their swollen eyes with crumpled tissues. Declaring their loyalty and love for one another. For me. Really, they hate each other, and they hate themselves, and they hate me for making them face their own mortality. And they love me because it fuels their sick sense of pride in their little clan. The crew, they call themselves, even though they haven’t been whole for a decade. “Still supporting each other after all these years,” they declare, even though they wouldn’t know true support if it helped them climb out of a grave. There’s Ally, the great beauty of Chatwick, sitting tall and stoic, practically cradling a weeping, whimpering Steph in her arms. Ally’s expression …

Blog Tour ~ Kaela Coble’s Friends and Other Liars: Book Review, Excerpt, Bio & Interview

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming to my blog Kaela Coble, as I participate in the marketing blog tour for her debut novel Friends and Other Liars, branded rather appropriately as a novel “exploring the secrets among friends… and other liars“. As usual, I’ll be bringing you my book review, but also a book excerpt, and a short bio and interview with the author. The title was rather kindly made available to me by the publishers, Sourcebooks Landmark. This review is also being published to NetGalley, GoodReads, LinkedIn, and my social media accounts. About the novel Friends and Other Liars: Sometimes the secrets we keep are more dangerous than the ones we reveal… When Ruby St. James returns to her hometown of Chatwick, Vermont, it’s under the worst circumstances. It’s been ten years since she’s been home, and she tells herself the solitary life she’s built in New York City suits her just fine—at least well enough to avoid slicing open the scars left by her first love, Murphy, or her bipolar, recovering alcoholic mother. …

Announcing Friends & Other Liars blog tour

§ Debut Novel Explores Secrets Among Friends…and Other Liars Sometimes the secrets we keep are more dangerous than the ones we reveal… When Ruby St. James returns to her hometown of Chatwick, Vermont, it’s under the worst circumstances. It’s been ten years since she’s been home, and [a]s the secrets begin to trickle out, Ruby struggles between the pull to reconnect with the friends who once meant so much to her and the desperate need to keep the secret that changed her life. Told from alternating viewpoints and flashbacks, Friends and Other Liars is the story of five friends coming to terms with what it means to betray the ones who love you most. § Friends and Other Liars is a debut novel by Kaela Coble. Don’t miss it here tomorrow: book review excerpt Q&A with Kaela Coble  

Interviewing the Author: Rachel Lynch

Recently I’ve had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Dark Game, the first thriller of a planned series by Rachel Lynch, and published by those nice folks at Canelo. Today, I have the immense pleasure of publishing Rachel’s replies to the set of questions I emailed her. But first, let me introduce you to her. She’s the young woman smiling at us in the pic on the left — see? — that’s Rachel Lynch, and she is thoroughly lovely, very knowledgeable, and very professional, as you will see from her replies. According to some googling I did on my own (author profile on the Amazon author page) and the marketing pack I was sent by the publishers, here’s the total sum of what I found out about this author: Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria, where she started hiking the fells from a young age, and “the lakes and fells are never far away from her“, as she writes in her official bio. She studied History at the University of Lancaster. Subsequently, she frequented the Institute of …