Monday, September 30, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Confined by Jennifer Snyder


Today is the release of Confined, the final book in the Tethered trilogy by Jennifer Snyder!






GENRE: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Sometimes the things in life that seem to confine us most are often the ones that save us…
To Addison Harmon becoming initiated appeared to hold the answers to her every problem—all except what she would do after, when the tether was finally broken. But when the after Addison imagined isn’t the one unfolding before her, she finds herself tangled even further in a web of secrets, lies, and betrayal.
It’s not until Addison is captured by the last person she ever suspected would betray her that she’s forced to rely on herself for survival.
Questions will be answered. Trust will be misplaced. And hearts will be broken.

Purchase on Amazon and Smashwords.

 Author Bio:
Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjennifersnyder


First Novel in Series Is Catalyst. 


Catalyst:

Sometimes who we really are lies buried just beneath the surface…
After learning she’s inherited a house in the beachside town of Soul Harbor, Georgia, Addison Harmon and her best friend decided to take a much needed vacation before the pressures of life after high school suffocate them too heavily.

But what Addison finds isn’t a chance to recoup from a bad break up and hang out with her best friend while she decides what she wants to do with her future. What she finds is Kace Sullivan—a sexy guy she can’t seem to get enough of—someone who with one touch reveals a seductive world full of magick and secrets Addison isn’t sure she’s ready to be a part of.
(New Adult/Mature Young Adult: Contains sexual situations, mild language, and underage drinking.)

Purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Second Novel In Series Is Conjure. 
Conjure:
Sometimes to understand the present you have to conjure up the past...

The last thing Addison Harmon needed was to become tethered to the broody, often seemingly cold, Theo Van Rooyen, but that's exactly what happened.

Forced to partner up with Theo to figure out a way to break the tether, Addison soon realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew.
(New Adult/Mature Young Adult: Contains sexual situations, language, underage drinking, and drug usage.)
Purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


Cover Reveal: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Marie Landry

Yup, it's a holiday cover!  Totally adorable, and I'll take the imaginary snow and ice in a holiday romance over the real thing any day...


Release date: November 5th, 2013

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? At least that’s what twenty-year-old Ginny Bailey’s grandmother always told her, and Ginny believed it until Grama died. She even put on a brave face the following two Christmases, carrying on Grama’s traditions and decorating her house and cafĂ© with Grama’s favorite decorations.

But Ginny can’t pretend any longer. When she finds out she’s going to be alone for the holidays this year, her Christmas spirit goes out the window, along with her luck. Everything that can go wrong does, and Ginny just wants to spend the holidays hiding under the covers...until Dean Riley comes back into her life. With a shared past, old feelings begin to resurface almost immediately, and Ginny thinks Dean might just be the Christmas miracle she’s been waiting for to help her remember why Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.

Add it on Goodreads here.

About the Author

Marie Landry is the author of BLUE SKY DAYS (contemporary YA—January 2012), THE GAME CHANGER (women's fiction—November 2012), WAITING FOR THE STORM (contemporary YA—April 2013), and THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR (a new adult holiday novella-November 2013). Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood, she's had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, wandering around with a camera in her hand, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece. 

Visit Marie at her blog, FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.


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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Release Day Launch: No Turning Back by Casey Peeler


Today is the official release day for Casey Peeler's debut novel, No Turning Back.  I had the chance to read an advance copy of this one, and it was great!  You can read my review below, and there's also a GIVEAWAY to celebrate the release.


After getting involved with Dylan, the bad boy of the Dixon High Swim team, Charley decides to stay close to home for college. It’s just safer that way. Later, she realizes it’s a mistake, just like dating Dylan. She decides to put the past behind her and leave the small hick town of Grassy Pond. There is only one problem; she makes this decision three weeks before the fall semester begins.

Charley packs up her Honda and heads to Southern College. On the morning she’s about to leave, Cash walks back into her life. He has been her best friend since they were four and is the only one who knows the REAL Charley. She leaves her farm in Grassy Pond with all kinds of “what if” questions.

Charley decides to live her college career to the fullest. She finds a great group of friends, joins the swim team, and meets a guy named Joe. He’s got eyes that make ya wanna melt!

At college, she encounters a new problem. Charley has been away from home for only forty-eight hours before she breaks the two promises she made to herself. Will she be able to overcome her past? Find new love? What will happen with Cash now that he is back in her life? Will she find what she is wanting in Jackalope Joe? How will her first semester of college end? Joe, Cash, or alone?

Add No Turning Back on Goodreads, and purchase on Amazon and Smashwords.

MY REVIEW

While No Turning Back does contain some dramatic content and themes, what I enjoyed most about this story was how refreshingly normal and down-to-earth it was.  While so many new adult novels are full of extreme, melodramatic situations, No Turning Back is the simple, relatable story of a young woman leaving her home for the first time and trying to find herself and establish an identity of her own.  (Although don’t worry—there’s plenty of yummy guys and enough boy drama to satisfy all you romance-seekers!)

I absolutely loved the country setting and main character Charley’s country “voice” and obvious pride in her heritage.  It’s obvious the author has a deep knowledge of and love for country life, and she put it to good use in this book.  Another thing I loved—and which many new adult books, even those claiming to be about the “college experience,” tend to overlook—is how well the author captured the little nuances, both good and bad, about starting college for the first time.  Things like the awkwardness of meeting your roommate, the painful getting-to-know-you, orientation-type activities, and even things I’d completely forgotten about but that made me smile in recognition, like the stupidity of Freshman Seminar.  Here are a few of Charley’s thoughts that made me go, Yes, that was me!:

“I have never been one that likes to play the get-to-know-you icebreaker shit.”

and

“I have Freshman Seminar.  I mean do they really think we are that stupid?  We need a class on how to survive in college.  Ummm, no we don’t.”

The book was worth reading for those quotes alone!  Although Charley’s Freshman Seminar class does turn out to be different than she expected, and much cooler than mine was.

As the book goes on, I loved reading about Charley’s involvement in the college swim team, which also brought back memories for me since I had friends on the swim team in college.  I have no idea how they, or Charley, functioned with such intense early-morning practices!  I also enjoyed watching Charley reaching out and developing relationships with new people in college, while still remaining loyal to her friends and family at home.

No Turning Back does end with a bit of a shocker, although I had a feeling something along that line was coming…I am certainly eager to find out what happens next in Charley’s life.  I will definitely be picking up the next book, and I’m looking forward to more of Charley’s country charm! 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Casey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book.

After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston her senior year of high school and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.

Casey is an avid reader, blogger (Hardcover Therapy,) and now author. No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) is her debut novel releasing September 30th. Finding Charley (Full Circle #2) will release spring 2014.

Her goal is to one day be an author who is recognized nationwide like Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, Tiffany King, and Amanda Bennett.

When Casey isn’t reading, you can find her listening to country music, spending the day at the lake, being a wife and dance mom, and spending time with friends and family.

Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!


Visit Casey at her blog, TwitterFacebook and Goodreads pages.





Friday, September 27, 2013

Blog Tour: The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe, including my rave review and a GIVEAWAY!  You can follow along with the rest of the tour here.


The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood )
by 
Trisha Wolfe
Release Date: 08/06/13

Summary from Goodreads: 
Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only...is Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him...plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.




MY REVIEW

The Darkest Part was one of the best, most original and well-thought-out new adult novels I’ve read, and it was also a great introduction to author Trisha Wolfe.  From the book description, The Darkest Part appears to be a ghost story—both literal and figurative—about a young woman, Sam, trying to get over the sudden death of her boyfriend Tyler.  Since Tyler’s death, Sam has been able to see and talk to his ghost, and she finally decides that taking the road trip she and Tyler had planned as their honeymoon will be the only way to put his spirit (and her own grief) to rest.  For various reasons, Tyler’s older brother Holden ends up accompanying Sam on the trip, and we soon discover that Sam and Holden have a history of their own.

The Darkest Part is a novel with a lot of layers and depth, and it’s apparent from the beginning that there’s more to Tyler and Sam’s story, and Tyler and Holden’s, and Sam and Tyler’s, than what we learn in the first few chapters.  The book is full of secrets the characters are keeping from each other and from themselves, and beyond the surface plot, the novel is about getting to the heart of those secrets—to “the darkest part.”  While I had my suspicions about at least a few of the revelations from the beginning, my guesses and questions only made me want to read more, as did the interesting and unique characters.  Holden and Sam’s slow-burning relationship is truly epic and romantic.  The various places Holden and Sam go on their road trip are unique and brought to life very well, and I especially loved the use of tree imagery in so many ways throughout the book (even visually, as section breaks).  The image of the tree with its many layers and hidden depths worked perfectly to encapsulate the thematic “roots” (yes, painful pun intended!) of the novel.

Altogether, The Darkest Part is a high-quality, well-put-together new adult novel that’s perfect for readers looking for darkness, depth, and a bit of a psychological mystery along with their NA romance.   

GIVEAWAY

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.
I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.

A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Double Cover Reveal: Soul Oath and Cup of Life by Juliana Haygert


Soul Oath (Everlast #2)
Expected pub date: Nov/25/2013
Length: ~80,000 words

Summary from Goodreads:
It’s been three months since Nadine last heard from Victor, Micah or Ceris, allowing her to concentrate on her own life. But until Victor and Micah find the scepters that will restore them as true gods, their human bodies will require her healing touch and it’s only a matter of time until they wreak havoc on her life again.

As if to prove that, Victor shows up at the hospital dragging along with him a swarm of demons. Nadine is forced to flee to safety. Despite her attempts to keep her loved ones protected, the demons find her, and they bring her to Imha, the goddess of Chaos.





Now, confronted by her greatest fear, Nadine finds a new motivation. Vengeance. And when seeking revenge, no risk is too great, including her own life.


**New Adult Fantasy Novel**



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Cup of Life (Everlast, #2.5)
Expected pub date: Nov/25/2013
Lenght: ~15,000 words

Summary from Goodreads:
His existence would mean nothing without her.


Book One:
(linked to Goodreads)

About the Author:
New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cover Reveal: Mine to Tarnish by Janeal Falor


Mine to Tarnish (Mine .5)
Release Date: 12/02/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Katherine’s place is the same as any woman’s—on the shelf next to the dresses and bolts of cloth. When she’s sold to a warlock, life grows even bleaker. Her new owner is as old and rancid as he is cruel, driving her to do the unthinkable: run.

Nothing prepared her for being on her own. And she’s definitely unprepared for the warlocks hunting her down. But she must stay one step ahead because if caught, the best she can hope for is death.

Book One:
(linked to Goodreads)

About the Author
Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head.


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Update on Neima's Ark...and Why I Broke the Story into Two Parts

So I'm working my butt off on Forty Nights right now--I swear!--but with some other obligations I have at the moment, I'm afraid there's a good chance it won't be ready by the end of September.  It really is close, though, and I'm hoping for the second week of October at the latest.  But I know this sucks, and I figured I owed everyone a thorough explanation for why I chose to publish this story in two parts...

The reason is...

...are you ready?...

I did it for myself.


So maybe not the best reason, but hey...

At least I'm honest, right?


So...I started working on the Neima's Ark novel with an agent, and due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, the forward momentum of the project was stalled for a significant while.  In January 2013, I finally decided to leave my second agent and become a full-time indie author for the time being.  Even if I couldn't make as much money or be as well-known on my own, I just needed to do it for my own sanity and well-being.  I knew that as an indie author, I needed to start working on something more commercial, and that became Precious Things.  At the same time, most of what became Forty Days was done, and I showed it to a few readers and got some really enthusiastic responses.  I am not a super-fast writer, and I knew that as an indie, it's better to get more books out there, more frequently.  In addition, my first self-published novel was in verse, which some people just will not read, so I wanted to publish something in prose and hopefully expand my audience a bit.  And frankly, I was tired of waiting.  I wanted to publish!



So...I published Forty Days.  My original hope was to get Forty Nights out by June, then August, but obviously that didn't happen.  Things came up, as they always do.  In addition, Forty Nights is probably the most challenging thing I've written, thematically and in terms of plot and language. So it's taking a long time to get right.

Forty Nights challenged me, yes...but it isn't super long.  Many people will think, rightly, that these two could easily have been combined into one book and released at one time.  But Forty Days is now free, and the most I charged for it was 1.99, while the most I'll charge for Forty Nights is 2.99.  So that's still less than a paperback.  In addition, I have a little character guide at the beginning of the second volume, so I don't think it will be a problem if your memory of the first half is a little fuzzy.

And I will add that for some readers, like me, the two-volume thing might actually be an advantage.  It was certainly helpful in writing it, in that I felt like I could expand some things in the second half without worrying it was getting too long.  And as someone who is a slow reader and overwhelmed by long books, I like taking breaks and reading things in more digestible chunks, especially if there's a natural starting and ending place to each one.  I know I'm in the minority here--most reviews I read say books were too short, when I think they were too long!--but there's gotta be someone else like me out there, right?

And finally, I'll add that if I hadn't published Forty Days when I did, I probably would have given up on this story entirely.  So at least I tricked myself into finishing it!

I'll leave you with something that should make most readers happy...

No elephants were harmed, or will be harmed, in the making of Forty Nights!


 

Friday, September 20, 2013

I Have a Facebook Author Page!

I FINALLY set up my Facebook author page!  I don't really know how to use it or how active I'll be on it, but...here it is!

https://www.facebook.com/BookCrazyStephanie

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters, organized by CBL Book Tours.  Now I do think I need to say that this is most definitely not a YA book!  I'm actually working on changing my blog header to Stephanie Parent, Reader and Writer, because so much of my reading lately has been outside the YA genre.  I'm actually planning to write my own dark adult book under a pen name, so when the opportunity to join the Tess tour came, I couldn't pass it up.  And I'm so glad I read this one...read on for my review!


Title: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters
Release Date: September 9th, 2013
Genre: Dark New Adult Romance

Blurb:

A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.

“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?


Add it on Goodreads and purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


MY REVIEW

Tears of Tess wasn’t exactly the read I was expecting, but in the end I really enjoyed it and was impressed with what Pepper Winters accomplished here, and I’m so glad I read it.  From the synopsis and author’s warning, I was anticipating something a bit grittier and more disturbing, but instead Tears of Tess read to me like a dark fairy tale—specifically, a version of Beauty and the Beast.  And since I love fairy tales and believe that at their core they are very dark, adult, erotic stories, this really ended up working for me!

I loved the way Winters developed this fairytale feeling through the setting, atmosphere and imagery of the story.  The attention taken to the details of clothing, Q’s lavish mansion with its many hidden and mysterious rooms, and the French countryside setting that seems so tranquil but pulses with hidden dangers, all combined to create that lush fairytale feel.  Q, of course, is the beast in this tale, despite his outwardly gorgeous appearance.  The “beast ,” in this case, is the part of himself Q thinks of as monstrous; the author even uses the word “beast” to refer to him several times.  And my favorite part of the fairytale imagery was the reoccurring motifs, including the use of seasons and weather (Tess’s last name is “snow,” and Q tells her she reminds him of winter), and, most of all, the birds.  I loved the way the bird motif was integrated on so many different levels throughout the story.

Now onto the part of the reading experience that did frustrate me somewhat…that was Tess herself.  I really appreciated that the author made Tess such a complex character, and I identified with her a lot, but at the same time I became a bit exhausted by all the mental flip-flopping Tess did.  Similarly, while I loved that Tess was a reflective character who really tried to understand why she had the desires and reactions she did, I felt the internal thought became repetitive at times.  I was so glad that the author delved into the psychological depths of Tess’s situation, and so many of her observations were spot-on, but in some places I felt the same thoughts were repeated and I just wanted to move on with the story.

As for the story itself, it absolutely kept my interest on several levels, both the practical question of how Tess and Q’s complex situation would resolve itself, and even more than that, the mysteries of Q’s dark past and internal struggles.  While I did guess most of Q’s story before it was revealed, I still really liked getting the epilogue from his point of view.  He was an alluring and very sympathetic character to me right from the beginning; I actually thought the author tried a bit too hard at times to make us see that deep down, he was a good man.  Her characterization of him already convinced me of this, so I didn’t need to be reassured so often!  As for the way the plot resolved itself, it was probably a bit unrealistic, but with the fairytale element to the story, I didn’t mind.  I was happy with the way things wrapped up, and I am definitely excited for the companion book from Q’s point of view!

Oh, and if you haven’t figured this out yet…this story is pretty damn sexy and romantic, too!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Writer, reader, sometimes wife. An avid devourer of sexy romance and angsty New Adult. Nothing beats lolling in a bubble bath with her array of book boyfriends, and plotting torturous stories to put her characters through.
Living Down Under means she writes in the Queen’s English, not Obama’s, and aims to have an entire catalogue of sexy books that keep you wanting more. Oh, and she may or may not be in love with Q from Tears of Tess.

Visit Pepper on Facebook, GoodreadsTwitter, and her website.

And finally, don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Jenny's Blue Velvet by Angela Carlie


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Jenny's Blue Velvet, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.  You can follow along with the rest of the tour here.



Jenny's Blue Velvet by Angela Carlie
Publication date: August 22nd 2013
Genre: Adult Romantic Thriller

Synopsis:
Jenny’s stuck.

She’s tried just about every occupation she can think of and will be digging out of student debt for a very long time, but has nothing to show for it. Her everyday routine feels like a prison. And her marriage? Well, let’s just say it’s been a little one-sided lately and the money she threw down on the toys from Lover’s Erotic Store was well worth it and then some.

Jenny decides her next big step is to become a romance writer. Romance books are flying off the virtual shelves, after all. This will be her big break, her escape from the prison, and a way to freedom. Self-publishing is all the rage these days. She’ll be a best seller in no time.

When Jenny makes friends with a woman named Cassandra from the gym, she instantly decides that her new friend will make a perfect main character in her upcoming book. After the first chapter, real life begins to resemble the fiction she’s writing. Her friendship blossoms, sex with her husband turns into a daily feast, and her job gets more interesting with each chapter written.

Out of the blue, a person who is a close friend with her husband and who is dating Cassandra disappears. As the mystery behind the missing person unfolds, Jenny wonders if she might be responsible for his possible death. And if she is, what will be the consequence? What has this writing business gotten her into?

JENNY’S BLUE VELVET is a dark, humorous, romantic thriller for adults only.
Add it on Goodreads and purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

MY REVIEW

Mindf***.   Sorry to be crass, but that is really the best way to describe Jenny’s Blue Velvet, and if you love dark, twisty reads, you need to check this one out!  It is, however, a very hard book to review for two reasons: one, I don’t want to spoil anything, and two, this story is novella length, and I’d really like to know if it will continue.  I do like stories that leave you with a sense of mystery, but in this case I still had so many questions, and I’m hoping these characters’ stories aren’t over yet.  I do see the author has future novellas planned, including one whose title character appears in Jenny’s Blue Velvet, so I hope this isn’t the last we’ll hear of Jenny and Cassandra.

Jenny’s Blue Velvet begins as two separate stories:  one is the first-person account of Jenny, a seemingly average woman who’s dissatisfied with her job and life in general.  The second is the slightly gothic, eerie story of Cassandra, the heroine in the romance novel Jenny is writing.  But little things about Jenny’s life seem progressively stranger, and also seem to coincide oddly with events in her novel-in-progress…

I was drawn in by the strangeness of the story right away, and especially once the excerpts from Jenny’s novel-in-progress were introduced, I was fully invested in reading and figuring out what the heck was really going on.  I particularly enjoyed the eerie atmosphere of the Cassandra sections, and the way this weird, unsettling atmosphere gradually encroached further into Jenny’s everyday life.  The author definitely has a talent for creepy, evocative writing!

Both Jenny and Cassandra are rather flawed characters, which I liked, since it enhances the dark mood of the book and makes the story more realistic and believable.  At the same time, I think it was mostly this aspect of the book that kept me engaged in the story on more of a plot-based rather than an emotional level.  I didn’t mind this at all, since the plot was so interesting and the story moved quickly, but by the last 15% or so I did begin to get emotionally involved.  I want more of a chance to connect with these characters, so this is why I’m really hoping the story will continue in subsequent novellas!


Overall, Jenny’s Blue Velvet is a quick but twisted read perfect for lovers of dark, psychologically intense stories.  I will definitely be checking out the other novellas the author has planned!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’ve lived in the state of Washington my entire life. Sure, it rains a lot, but that’s what makes it so beautiful here. I’d like to say it’s the most beautiful place on the planet, but I have yet to travel the world. Someday I’ll know for sure.

I write fiction involving young people. Mainstream publishing would label my writing as YA or middle grade. Since I’m an indie author, I can skip over the labels and tell you that each one of my stories is unique, can be read and enjoyed by all ages, and almost always has a young person as the protagonist. Authors write what they know and I don’t know old yet. I may someday write about older people, but that’s so far in the future that I can’t see it yet.

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