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Thursday, September 20, 2018

SPOTLIGHT: Amnesia Nights by Quinton Skinner @mzpr @fentumpress @qskinner

A psychological suspense story of obsession, identity, and the unreliability of memory

AMNESIA NIGHTS By Quinton Skinner

Check out this psychological suspense novel below and continue for a Q&A with the author!


John Wright’s mind is playing tricks on him. He sees people he thinks he knows, but they are only strangers. His memory flickers in and out of focus. What he does know is this: he has not seen his fiancĂ©e, Iris, in over three years. He fled their Los Angeles apartment one night after a fit of rage that may or may not have left her dead. He has been living off a small fortune he stole from Iris’s rich, manipulative businessman father. He bides his time and waits for the police to find him and charge him with his lover’s murder. Has he killed her? Is she really dead?

Talented, clever, sophisticated Iris was John’s anchor, the one joy in his troubled, lonely life. At Harvard, she transformed John from a shy and awkward undergraduate into an elegant, self-assured man. But now she’s gone, and his memories of her are obscured by a miasma of guilt and uncertainty.

One bright day, Iris returns. But is she real, or just a cruel figment of his addled brain? Only a journey into the deepest corners of his past will reveal the truth about John and Iris–about life and death and love, and secrets too dark to reveal.


Quinton Skinneris the critically-acclaimed author of three novels and non-fiction books on fatherhood and rock ‘n’ roll. A former critic and magazine editor, he has written for publications including Minneapolis Star TribuneHuffington Post, Variety, Glamour and Literary Hub. He lives in Minneapolis, USA.

Questions & Answers with Quinton Skinner about Amnesia Nights

Did you write any books before Amnesia Nights?
Yes, a somewhat odd aspect of my life is that I have almost continuously been writing books (with some dormant periods), beginning with bound tales of my international adventures and explorations of Clark Kent’s secret life when I was 5.

So why have you published only (more or less) three works of fiction?
An astute question. Well, I was fortunate enough to have had an apprenticeship as a ghostwriter and book doctor in my twenties that served the twofold purpose of paying my bills and allowing me to write without my ego on the line.

That sounds unscrupulous. 
To each their own. There were great adventures to be had there that I wouldn’t replace.

Amnesia Nights has a supernatural undertow. Is that something you draw upon from real life?
Absolutely. I have had a number of undeniably paranormal experiences in my life, some of which occurred while I was writing the book, some of which have happened since. This isn’t a point of pride or a way of telling stories over a beer, it’s just true. Things have happened around me that make no sense in the conventional consensus view of reality. And I do have a sense when something is peering in from a strange angle.

The book also has a very pointed emphasis on memory. Beginning with the title.
For reasons that have only become apparent after a great deal of self-examination, memory is the underlying theme of my work. Even when I don’t intend it, as with my latest project, it becomes central. It’s crucial to who I seem to be. 

Why do you think that is?
I know why that is. But it’s terribly personal and has to do with my early childhood.

Can you talk about it?
A few years ago I wouldn’t have, or I wouldn’t have been able to. The bottom line is that I was raised primarily by a single mother who loved me very much, and who was also quite profoundly mentally ill. This resulted in what is technically called an “attachment injury” in psychoanalysis. It’s been both the weighty stone that I’ve carried my entire life and, paradoxically, probably led to my deep and abiding gift for devising and telling stories.

So the good and the bad go hand in hand?
Indeed. 

So, ultimately, how much of John Wright is Quinton Skinner?
The parts you wouldn’t think. Some of the best parts, I hope. He isn’t remotely an autobiographical character. But he remains very real and alive to me. I conjured him, but he is also real on his own terms. There is a psychological theory of “parts” that has nothing to do with “split personalities” but rather self-protective dynamics springing from childhood, and I think it’s a relevant issue when I consider the relationship between John and myself. That being said, my mother was still alive to read an early version of the book, and she said it was beautiful and didn’t seem to notice any of these parallels. Which is for the best, I suppose, since I’ve been reconciling myself with her memory throughout my literary career—only really leaving the nest, as it were, with my latest, which is a sci-fi dystopian love story that touches on the nature of reality and identity and . . . memory.

SPOTLIGHT: Evo by Diane May

EVO
by Diane May

Check out this explosive debut thriller from Diane May - available now in digital format with the paperback release coming November of this year - take a look below and put this on your TBR.


EVO

If you run, it catches you.
If you hide, it finds you.
If you breathe, it may kill you.
NO ONE can escape it.

An explosive crime thriller that will keep you enthralled until the very last page.


Livio Marchiori, a legendary homicide detective with the highest rate of solved cases in Verona, Italy, is faced with The Hypnotist, a serial killer whose modus operandi borders the supernatural and who is as elusive as a ghost.

The dead bodies start piling up, the media are putting a lot of pressure on the police, and the mayor himself makes it clear he wants The Hypnotist off the streets and he wants it done yesterday. But all of the clues Marchiori finds seem to take him nowhere and the few leads he manages to unearth prove nothing but dead-ends.

Then The Hypnotist gets personal. He threatens to kill the chief medical examiner, the woman Marchiori is in love with, next.

So when Captain Victor Miller from Interpol walks into town, Marchiori is more than happy to partner again with the man who two years ago helped him put an entire mafia clan behind bars. But Miller has his own agenda and an even more dangerous fish to fry. He has proof that a secret medical research lab in Verona is about to launch a biological terrorist attack.

And just when Marchiori thinks the situation can’t get any worse than this, he finds out that Miller isn’t who he claims to be.

Feeling at the end of his tether and not knowing who to trust anymore, Marchiori begins a race against time to save both the woman he loves and millions of people from dying.



Diane May is a crime thriller writer and the author of EVO, as well as an English teacher and Cambridge Examiner. She lives in Verona, Italy, with her husband.
The only daughter of an army colonel, she grew up on military bases where she learnt about weapons, discipline and the sacrifices of military life. She also worked for many years as a translator and interpreter for the Court of Law on mostly criminal cases.
EVO is her debut novel and she is currently working on her second crime thriller, Till Death Do Us Part, scheduled to be released in the summer of 2019.

REVIEW: The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles @Hanover_Square @harlequinbooks @tlcbooktours #stephengiles #allthebookreviews

The Boy At The Keyhole
by Stephen Giles

Thank you to Hanover Square Press and TLC Book Tours for this gothic mystery novel.
See what Jessica and I had to say about this book below.


Publisher:  Hanover Square Press
Publish Date:  September 4, 2018
Paperback
304 Pages
Standalone
Genres:  Mystery, Gothic, Suspense

My Review:


This slow burn of a psychological mystery will leave you guessing what is true and what is not.  

What else is a nine-year-old boy supposed to do when his mother leaves to go to another country in the middle of the night without even saying goodbye?  Of course he's going to try and figure out why she would do such a thing.  Enter his friend who starts putting ideas of murder in his head and watch the wheels start to turn!

Ruth, the housekeeper and now his guardian is not the nicest.  She's strict, almost abusive, and definitely has secrets of her own.  Suspect number one and the easiest to question. But how does he prove that she killed his mother... if she even did?

We get the full on gothic feel with the house that probably carries ghosts, having a scary attic and basement, and the slow build as we watch Samuel's mind work overtime.  However, is he imaging these clues or is it all so real? We all know how imaginative children's minds can be.  What Giles does wonderfully is to put us in the mind of Samuel.  

Do not go into this expecting a fast paced thriller that's nicely tied up.  Walk into this with trepidation and get into Samuel's head.  This slow burn will really bring you straight in.  I will say that it did drag in certain parts and I think may have worked better as a novella.  However, I was intrigued to see what was going to happen and where the author would take me.

★★★

Jessica's Review:


THE BOY AT THE KEYHOLE has a Gothic vibe and a growing sense of dread as the story progresses. It was a little slow in the beginning for me, so it's good to know right away that this isn't a twisty thriller. This is a slower burn suspense novel, but once that suspense amps up you won't be able to stop flipping the pages. 

Samuel Clay is a nine year old boy living with his full time housekeeper turned nanny. His mother is away in America to try and settle with bankers and get more money for the family after Samuel's father passed away. Ruth, the housekeeper, runs a strict household and keeps Samuel in line. With his mother being gone for over 100 days he begins to suspect that something isn't right. 

His friend Joseph tells him a story of a nanny in Germany that had killed the family she worked for and continued to live in their home for months after. She claimed that the family had to suddenly leave to America and left in the middle of the night - just like Samuel's mother did. Samuel begins to let his mind run wild and is convinced that Ruth killed his mother and hid her in the cellar. 

As the story picks up in the second half, we can't be sure who to trust. Is Samuel right? Is his mind playing tricks on him? It was very different having the potentially unreliable narrator be that of a child - this is told entirely from Samuel's perspective. There will be chapters where you're convinced it's Ruth, and then others where you doubt Samuel's sanity and judgement. 

The ending surprised me and left me wanting more answers! What happened? What's going to happen? I know not many people like these types of endings - where they aren't tied together perfectly - but I love them. This was a solid suspense novel and I can't wait to see what Giles comes out with next! 

4 stars!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

REVIEW: Guess Who by Chris McGeorge @Hanover_Square #ChrisMcGeorge

Guess Who
by Chris McGeorge

Thanks to Hanover Square Press for this review copy.
A locked room mystery and keeps you guessing!

HAPPY PUBLISHING DAY!


Publisher:  Hanover Square Press
Publish Date:  September 18, 2018
Paperback
368 Pages
Standalone
Genres: Locked Room Mystery, Thriller

The rules are simple.

But the game is not.
At eleven years old, Morgan Sheppard solved the murder of a teacher when everyone else believed it to be a suicide. The publicity surrounding the case laid the foundation for his reputation as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. He parlayed that fame into a gig as TV’s “resident detective,” solving the more typical tawdry daytime talk show mysteries like “Who is the father?” and “Is he cheating?”

Until, that is, Sheppard wakes up handcuffed to a bed in an unfamiliar hotel room. Around him, five strangers are slowly waking up, as well. Soon they discover a corpse in the bathtub and Sheppard is challenged to put his deductive skills to the test. One of the people in the room is the killer. He has three hours to solve the murder. If he doesn’t find the killer, they all will die.

My Review:


So here's the thing.  I was in it to win it with this book.  Had me captured from the first page.. and then about 3/4 of the way in… I was like waiiiit a minuuuteee… is this like SAW but NOT?  And luckily it didn't go quite in the direction that I thought it would but it did veer in a completely different direction that I didn't expect (serious kudos for that) but also like WHAT?!  

The short chapters keep you moving quickly through the book.  I LOVE hating on characters and I absolutely hated on Sheppard but I think I could've hated him MORE.  Ya hear me??  I'm supremely torn in how to write this review. The idea behind it is amazing.  I totally can suspend some reality. I can think "OH SHIT, who did I piss off and what's going to happen to me??"  I can also realize that if I was ever in a locked room situation where I had to solve a murder or the strangers (and I) died within a three hour period - well quite frankly, sorry people - we're ALL dying.

Ultimately, I thoroughly did enjoy this book.  I really, truly did.  However, the ending was a little bit off-putting to me.  I would've preferred it had it gone <this way> <---- no spoilers here, folks but maybe that's just a me thing...  regardless, this is a fast paced and entertaining read.  I just wanted... a little... bit... more.  

★★★

SPOTLIGHT: Because of Jenny by Brad Neaton

Because of Jenny
by Brad Neaton

At less than 300 pages, this novel based on a true story is something to put on your radar!



What if the person you need most is someone you don't even know exists? 

Eric is a 22-year-old struggling with depression and teetering on the brink of suicide when he meets a gorgeous, utterly fascinating plot twist named Jenny. The two meet in an unlikely way, but soon discover they're kindred souls. A heroin addict, Jenny is also caught between wanting to escape life and wanting to live. Despite circumstances conspiring against them, Eric takes a leap of faith and commits himself to helping Jenny, and the two become an endearing pair, helping and accepting one another as they embark upon a mutual adventure that seems destined to fail. 

Funny, irreverent, insightful, tragic, and raw, the story explores many of life's deepest questions while shedding light on what remains a little known epidemic. An unflinching portrayal of addiction, love, and resilience, Because of Jenny is a book you will never forget. 



Brad Neaton is originally from New Baltimore, Michigan. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2014 and served in the Army. Brad is currently a graduate student at the University of Southern California, where he hopes to pursue a PhD in Creative Writing. Because of Jenny is his first book. An avid reader, he has a personal library in excess of 500 books and is a veritable, modern day nerd. Brad resides in Los Angeles, where he enjoys people watching and being critter-friendly.


Monday, September 17, 2018

REVIEW: Josh & Hazel's Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren @gallerybooks @christinalauren

Josh & Hazel's Guide To Not Dating
by Christina Lauren

Thanks to Gallery Books for this free copy.
The perfect in between book between my thrillers - this delightful story is sure to bring you laughs with a lot of heart.


Publisher:  Gallery Books
Publish Date:  September 4, 2018
Paperback
309 Pages
Genres:  Contemporary, Romance

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them...right?

My Review:



This is one of those delightful stories that while you know exactly how it will end, the fun is in the journey to get there.  Hazel is absolutely adorable, quirky and the perfect example of being comfortable in your own skin.  I know I've had my moments where I've heard from guys that I need someone who will fit me better because I can be a bit off putting at times (in their minds)... and I've tried being that "standard" girl you want to marry, but that didn't work because then I wasn't being true to ME.  So to read this, was just so refreshing and lovely. Then there's Josh -Then there's Josh - and his whole story - he gives me hope for the men in the world (ha- joke)!  Here's a great example of opposites attracting and how you really can't help who you fall for, nor should you try to stop that ball from rolling.

There are definitely some laugh out loud moments and a lot of bad dates happening - and I loved every single moment.  I also applaud the authors with their depiction of the Korean family.  The neatness, traditions, ALL THE FOODS and honestly this had me missing my Korean family a lot by the turn of the last page.  Very well done!

If you want a highly entertaining, funny and heartfelt book that just may actually believing in OTP, well I think you've found it with this read.  

★★★★★

REVIEW: The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang @LUAuthors @amazonpub @LydiaYKang #allthebookreviews

The Impossible Girl
by Lydia Kang




Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date:  September 18, 2018
Paperback
364 Pages
Standalone
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery

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Two hearts. Twice as vulnerable.



Manhattan, 1850. Born out of wedlock to a wealthy socialite and a nameless immigrant, Cora Lee can mingle with the rich just as easily as she can slip unnoticed into the slums and graveyards of the city. As the only female resurrectionist in New York, she’s carved out a niche procuring bodies afflicted with the strangest of anomalies. Anatomists will pay exorbitant sums for such specimens—dissecting and displaying them for the eager public.


Cora’s specialty is not only profitable, it’s a means to keep a finger on the pulse of those searching for her. She’s the girl born with two hearts—a legend among grave robbers and anatomists—sought after as an endangered prize.

Now, as a series of murders unfolds closer and closer to Cora, she can no longer trust those she holds dear, including the young medical student she’s fallen for. Because someone has no intention of waiting for Cora to die a natural death.

My Review:


I have always had a fascination with the macabre, the "freaks", the strange and different.  Probably why Freak Show is still my favorite season of American Horror Story, partly why I loved The Greatest Showman and why I absolutely adore this book.

Cora is the girl with two hearts - having to grow up as a boy and then take on dual roles as herself and her twin brother, taking on a job as a resurrectionist so she could always be privy to any talk of anyone coming after her, to show her, or rather her two hearts, off to the world.  In the time of Barnum and Bailey and the freak shows of the world, grave robbing as a norm and where the thought of a woman doctor was still astonishing and unheard of - Kang takes us into this world with flourish and entertainment.

While I did enjoy the story thoroughly, I especially loved reading the Author's Note at the end where it's explained what was taken from actual truth from those days, including the amazing language that the resurrectionists used - how fun is that?!  And the explanations of the various things that happened throughout the book made it even more interesting for me.

This is the perfect kind of historical fiction that I enjoy.  Cora is a character I thoroughly enjoyed.  I also loved the uniqueness in the interspersed chapters of the last minutes of the characters who died from their point of view.

If you like the world of grave robbing with a strong female protagonist who fights for her life on the daily, this is a great read for you.  While historical fiction isn't typically my cup of tea, this one became my shot of whiskey.

★★★★

Jessica's Review:


I know historical fiction isn't for everyone, but I'm a huge fan of the genre. THE IMPOSSIBLE GIRL brings readers into the time of Barnum's and the side shows. I have always been fascinated with the concept of freak shows and learning about them, so this synopsis grabbed me immediately. I would also like to say, you definitely need to read the Author's Note at the end!

Cora is a woman with two hearts, but must be on constant alert to protect herself. She is the only female resurrectionist in a male exclusive profession. Despite needing to remain in disguise, her position as a resurrectionist comes with a perk - she is able to get information about if anyone is looking for her to showcase her medical peculiarity before it can happen. Kang transports us into the Victorian era and directly to the center of the macabre world that is the freak shows and museums of curiosities.

This is a period in history that fascinates me. We often forget the darker side of the freak shows and curiosities - this book portrays the medical side of these attractions. People are sought after for anatomical abnormalities, which is why Cora knows she is a target. As far as historical fiction goes, this one is definitely out of the norm. I know there are people that aren't fans of the genre because they can be too dense and focused more on the historical side of things. Well, Kang has woven such a unique read with a memorable female protagonist.

I would highly recommend this to anyone that finds the synopsis intriguing. Don't let the fact that it's historical fiction deter you - I feel that this book has more to offer than just being a historical fiction novel. You have the Victorian era grave robbing, exhuming bodies for medical purposes, oddities and curiosities, murder, mystery, and a woman caught in the center of it all.

I give this 4/5 stars


Sunday, September 16, 2018

REVIEW: A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne @john_boyne @hogarthbooks

A Ladder To The Sky
by John Boyne

Thanks so much to Hogarth Press for this amazing copy!
A book that will definitely stick with you long after you finish it - see my full thoughts below.


Publisher:  Hogarth Press
Publish Date: November 13, 2018 (First published August 9, 2018)
Hardcover
Standalone
Genres: Literary Fiction, Contemporary

Maurice Swift is handsome, charming, and hungry for success. The one thing he doesn't have is talent - but he's not about to let a detail like that stand in his way. After all, a would-be writer can find stories anywhere. They don't need to be his own. 

Working as a waiter in a West Berlin hotel in 1988, Maurice engineers the perfect opportunity: a chance encounter with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann. He quickly ingratiates himself with the powerful - but desperately lonely - older man, teasing out of Erich a terrible, long-held secret about his activities during the war. Perfect material for Maurice's first novel. 

Once Maurice has had a taste of literary fame, he knows he can stop at nothing in pursuit of that high. Moving from the Amalfi Coast, where he matches wits with Gore Vidal, to Manhattan and London, Maurice hones his talent for deceit and manipulation, preying on the talented and vulnerable in his cold-blooded climb to the top. But the higher he climbs, the further he has to fall...

My Review:


"This is a tale of ambition."  Oh what a tale it is!  Meet Maurice Swift.  A young, ambitious man whose hunger to be a successful writer chews up and spits out everyone with whom he comes into contact.

This story is told in several parts, and through the eyes of Maurice's victims, and then ultimately himself.  At points you almost feel like you're getting more than one book, but then it all comes together and you're left wowed.  The way Boyne builds Maurice's character - I haven't hated on a character like this in a very long time.  There are no redeeming qualities and I will remember him for a long time coming; this I know.

Have you ever met that ever charismatic person who instantly takes over a room, who is ridiculously good looking and who commands attention?  Yet, at the same time, their only talent lies in manipulation and selfishness?  Well if you haven't, then Boyne presents you this person on a silver platter.  Completely narcissistic and sociopathic, you can't even feel for him.  I feel almost dirty just knowing his life story - fiction or not.  And often, it doesn't feel very fictionalized. (I mean, did Boyne even really write this book?! ha!)

A story that will stick to your bones long after you turn that last page.  This psychodrama is a beautifully written book and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves an intricate story and character study of a person you just can't like but yet you just can't look away from either.

★★★★★


Thursday, September 13, 2018

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: In Her Bones by Kate Moretti @atriabooks @atriamysterybus @katemoretti1

In Her Bones
by Kate Moretti

So excited to be today's stop on the Blog Tour for Kate Moretti's In Her Bones.  
I'm a fan of Moretti's for sure - see my review for The Blackbird Season HERE.
Thanks so much to Atria Books for this review copy.


Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: September 4, 2018
Kindle Edition
320 Pages
Standalone
Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She’s a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother. Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to see how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on. While her escalating fixation is a problem, she’s careful to keep her distance. That is, until she crosses a line and a man is found murdered. Edie quickly becomes the prime suspect—and while she can’t remember everything that happened the night of the murder, she’d surely remember killing someone. With the detective who arrested her mother hot on her trail, Edie goes into hiding. She’s must get to the truth of what happened that night before the police—or the real killer—find her. Unless, of course, she has more in common with her mother than she’s willing to admit…



Kate Moretti is the New York Times bestselling author of The Blackbird SeasonThe Vanishing YearThought I Knew You, and Binds That Tie. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and kids.


My Review:



"There's a ripple effect to violence, you know."

I've always wondered what it was like for the family and friends of killers in the aftermath.  They are constantly associated with an act they didn't even commit and sometimes even ostracized for it.  How do you move on from this association?  Especially if you're the daughter of a most notable female serial killer?  Does the apple fall far from the tree?  

I was pulled in straight from the prologue and was committed to the story.  I will say that it did run a bit slower as the book chugged along.  However, I've come to think of Moretti's writing style as suspenseful thriller rather than edge-of-your-seat and in that vein, she is absolutely fantastic.  Also, with this subject matter (which I find thoroughly fascinating), I couldn't help but enjoy this story from beginning to end.  Some things were predictable, while others were not.  As proven in The Blackbird Season, we get another suspensefully nuanced psychological thriller.  I did enjoy that this story was told mostly through Edie's eyes.  Her obsession, her protectiveness of herself, her family, her strife... and the one person who has been consistent in her life, Gil, the detective who arrested her mother and helped find Edie a place to thrive in life.  

I did enjoy the excerpts from the tell-all book about Lilith (Edie's mother) - I wish I could have the entire story to read.  The humanness Moretti brings to the other side of the serial killer - they're not always so bad - sometimes they're just normal people, trying to be normal but something in their chemistry just doesn't allow them to be.  Give them children and while the horrors may take front court in memories, those of her just being a mother are also in there.  How do you reconcile the two?

Perfect for those who like that slower suspense with a dash of mystery.

★★★☆


Advance Praise for IN HER BONES:

“Kate Moretti is incredibly talented! IN HER BONES is at once chilling and compelling, frightening and insightful—and truly madly deeply satisfying. You'll gasp at every twist, and turn these hauntingly sinister pages as fast as you can.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author of Trust Me

“Sensational; a stunning psychological thriller that kept me riveted from the first page to the last. A dark and compelling exploration of what it's like to grow up with someone who just may be the worst mother in the world, Moretti's chilling and insightful novel answers the question: If your mother is a serial killer and you're obsessed with her victims, what does that make you?”
—Karen Dionne, internationally bestselling author of The Marsh King's Daughter

“Suspense at its best: A chilling voice, an unlikely heroine, a haunting story. IN HER BONES is Kate Moretti at the top of her game.”
—Jessica Strawser, author of Not That I Could Tell

“Kate Moretti’s IN HER BONES is a suspenseful, whirling spiral of mysteries within mysteries, plot twists you won’t see coming, and characters linked by deadly fates that stretch across the years. Moretti’s prose is crisp and masterful, her people rich and real. Don’t miss this haunting, wild thrill ride.”
—David Bell, author of Somebody’s Daughter


“We dove head-first into In Her Bones, its riveting twists and turns keeping us up well past our bedtime. Moretti has meticulously crafted this gripping mystery, which begs the question: Is it possible to escape our own fate? Another stellar contribution to the suspense genre.”

—Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of The Good Widow


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SPOTLIGHT: Why I Scream In Verse by Isha Snehal

Why I Scream In Verse
by Isha Snehal

Get your poetry fix with Isha Snehal's collection!


Why I Scream in Verse is a series of poems for the woman, for the society, for the self. It questions the norms and pushes the realities on the face, using sarcasm and rhymes. It is a quiet read to burn the fire in your belly and make your heart cringe at the short and crisp cynical verses.

A cup of coffee, Instagram and this little book will bring you to read it over and think it over of the things that are being done and that have been done. The last section resounds with the soul as those verses seek answers to some very important questions of our lives.
Give it a read and go on a bumpy ride.


Isha Snehal is a doctor and an artiste. She has been writing poetry since the age of 14 and has been performing poetry on the stage since 2016, having performed at big stages such as Akshara Theatre and IIT Delhi Rendezvous as a featured poet, and other groups such as Poetry Darbar and Poetry Couture, the Rhyme Republic and has hosted several poetry meets. She draws her inspiration from poets like Pablo Neruda and Maya Angelou and sees poetry as a form of activism against the various ills of society.
She believes poetry gives her and her thoughts a voice beyond her work sphere and that the internet has boosted the space poets are able to get to be able to express their art form especially through social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram.
Having studied in Lady Hardinge Medical College, which is the oldest medical college for girls in the country, and among the top ten medical colleges, she believes women have much more power than they believe they have and she seeks to inspire the women around her to stand up for themselves and stop fearing.