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This Chick Read: In Safe Hands (Search and Rescue #4) by Katie Ruggle

In Safe Hands is the fourth and final book in Katie Ruggle’s Search and Rescue series.  Chris Jennings is a deputy in the Field County Sheriff’s department.  We’ve met Chris earlier in this series, investigating the various murders and crimes committed in this small burg.  His childhood friend Daisy, in the middle of the night through the window of her home, see’s what she thinks is a dead body being carted out of the vacant house across the street.  She calls in her friend Chris and the investigation begins.

Katie Ruggle has quickly become one of my favorite authors.  Her characters are not your average boy or girl next door.  They are all very unique, and in these stories it’s the women who are more flawed than the men.  Daisy, is agoraphobic.  She hasn’t left her home since she witnessed her mother’s murder at the age of 16.  Chris was the first officer on the scene, a young deputy who blames himself for her mother’s death.  She blames herself.  The window of her home is her television.  Her neighbors are her entertainment, but then things start to happen, in a very Rear Window, Hitchcockian manner.  I was fascinated with the intricacy of this mystery, which has spanned all four books.  I was enthralled by the characters, their humor, emotions, and  integrity.  Even though all of these characters have problems they have to overcome, they eventually find their way out of the depths of their despair.  They make friendships, fall in love, and start to see what living a full life is all about.  The wrap up to this mystery had a great conclusion, leaving the reader fulfilled, and the love story between Chris and Daisy was sweet and wonderful.

I am sad to see the end of this series, but excited to have found a very talented writer to follow, read and collect, for many years to come. I was given a copy of this book through the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, through NetGalley, for my honest review.

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Buy it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Copyright 2016 Deborah Kehoe A Chick Who Reads All Rights Reserved

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Scarred by You by Laura Carter -Blurb Reveal

What adjectives can I use to describe Laura Carters novels?  Sexy, edgy, thrilling, and mysterious all come to mind.  Laura is the author of the Vengeful love series, and I reviewed the third book in the series, Black Diamonds, a few months ago. Her newest novel, Scarred by You, will be released on October 24th, and as a teaser, I have a copy of a blurb from that book!

Scarred by You Blurb:

Their past will become their future. Their scars will be reopened.

Clark Layton has the world at his feet. He is the CEO of one of the largest oil companies in the world and he has a fiancée most men would kill for. Then why, the night before his wedding, is he still thinking about everything he lost when he walked out on Dayna Cross?

Dayna didn’t intend to take the helm of Subsea Petroleum. But events beyond her control left her no choice. And she can handle it, mostly. She can juggle the long hours, the chauvinistic men, and a broken heart. What she can’t deal with is Clark Layton swanning back into her life and threatening to break down her walls.

They are rival CEOs and they are in a dogfight for a lucrative new pipeline. But as truths of their past begin to surface, business won’t be the biggest battle they enter into.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  I’ll have the cover reveal and review of the book for you soon!

Deborah

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This Chick Read: Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan has written both fantasy and sports romances, and excelled at them.  Idol is her first romance set in the rock world.  Killian, on a break from his band because his best friend and band member tried to commit suicide.  Killian was devastated, blaming himself for not seeing the signs, and also was angry that his friend was hurting so much and he didn’t come to him for help.  He rents a house in the countryside, and on his first night there gets drunk and crashes his vehicle through Libby’s gate and then proceeds to throw up all over her.  Love at first sight.  Well, maybe not! Continue reading “This Chick Read: Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan”

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This Chick Read: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You is a straight up young adult romance.  If you follow my blog, you know I like YA books, but usually they are in the fantasy genre, or historical.  This book is a contemporary romance set in high school, which I will admit, was a long time ago for me.  However, I received this book in my Uppercase Box book club of the month and cracked it open yesterday. I listened to the author, Kasie West’s video where she talked about her idea of writing a romance without all of the technology available to them today.  No texts, email, video, etc.  I thought, ok, that is like how it was when I was in High School.  Back in the good old days, when you passed notes and wrote letters. (Gasp!). Continue reading “This Chick Read: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West”

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Cover Reveal! All Laced Up (Breakaway #1) by Erin Fletcher

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Let us know what you think of the cover for All Laced Up (Breakaway #1) by Erin Fletcher, which releases October 10, 2016!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN!

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About All Laced Up:

Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey.

When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh.

But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch—or seven—she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than-stellar playing.

Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one…

Disclaimer: This book contains a swoony hockey player (and his equally swoony friends!), one-too-many social media accounts, kisses that’ll melt ice, and a secret identity that might not be so secret after all…

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of All Laced Up today!

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About Erin Fletcher:

Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.

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This Chick Read: Magic Binds (Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels is my ideal fantasy heroine.  She is selfless, strong, honorable and has a great sense of right and wrong.  In Magic Binds, she is all of those things, but the power that has been increasing within her, causes her to struggle, hard, to remain her true self.  She fights to retain her sense of self and pick the right road, instead of the easier road.  The plot centers around her father, Roland, who kidnaps Saiman.  Kate, even though she doesn’t like Saiman much, has to come up with a plan to steal him back.  If she doesn’t, it will set a precedent for others to harm or steal, infringing upon her territory.  She needs to send a message.  Don’t mess with Atlanta, it is my territory. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Magic Binds (Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews”

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This Chick Read: Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole

Let it Shine is an interracial historical romance novella that takes place during the Civil Rights movement in 1961.  It is effectively told from two perspectives, Sofronia, the young African American heroine, and Ivan, her Jewish love interest.  Sofronia and Ivan meet again, after not seeing each other since childhood.  Her mother was a maid in the Friedman’s house, and Sofie and Ivan used to play together as children.  After her mother’s death, one that shapes both of their lives, they don’t see each other until they meet by chance at a meeting organizing non violent protests. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole”

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This Chick Read: Walk on Earth a Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson

This novel is a tough one to categorize.  It is definitely a Young Adult novel, but does not fall completely in the fantasy category as the title would lead you to believe.  Although, this first book sets us up for a great future fantasy series, Walk on Earth a Stranger read as more of a historical novel.  It takes place during the Gold Rush, when hopeful men and women made the trek across country, led by stories of golden nuggets just sitting on the ground waiting to be picked up.  I grew up in California, and this part of its history has always fascinated me.  I am also a fan of fantasy and was interested to see how Rae Carson was going to mix these two genres together. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Walk on Earth a Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson”

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An interview with Anise Eden author of All the Broken Places and All the Wounds in Shadow

I have enjoyed reading and reviewing both of Anise Eden’s novels in the Healing Edge series.  It is hard to confine her style of writing to one genre, but paranormal is the best fit.  If you are a fan, you may have wanted to ask her some of these questions yourself.  If she is a new author to you, I hope my questions, and her answers intrigue you into trying her books.  You can also read my reviews of All the Broken Places and All the Wounds in Shadow by clicking these titles.

Author, Anise Eden

Hi Anise, thanks so much for agreeing to a brief interview for my blog.

ME: We are introduced to Cate Duncan, your main protagonist, in All the Broken Places. She is a psychologist, who actually links with her patients mentally to help them heal. She joins the MacGregor Group after she’s had a mental breakdown. The analogy I would use would be that her mind has shorted out, kind of like when a circuit breaker trips, and the socket won’t work anymore. Her weakness, linking minds with her patients, actually becomes her strength later in the story, and also in the second book, All the Wounds in Shadow. This theme of connecting mentally with another character feels like it is more than a prop. Did you draw from an experience of your own that was similar to what Cate may have gone through?

AE: First of all, Deborah, I want to thank you for having me! I enjoy reading your reviews so much, and it is an absolute pleasure to be here. I’m delighted that you’ve enjoyed my first two books, and I deeply appreciate your interest.

 In answer to your question, the ability to empathize with others is something that I think most of us have, but like many traits, it probably exists along a continuum. I would place myself somewhere near the high end of the empathy scale, since I’ve always been good at sensing how other people feel and understanding their emotional realities. My guess is that this is a common trait among writers who, after all, imagine the lives of many different characters as part of our work. In terms of being able to connect mentally with others, I have also had incidents of “intuitive knowing,” or spontaneously knowing information about loved ones (see your question about psychic abilities below). I did draw upon these experiences when writing about Cate’s abilities, but for the purposes of the story, I cranked them up a notch, creating new, more intense aspects to her gifts.

ME: Anise, my mother is a former hypnotherapist, who has practiced Reiki, so I recognize a lot of the language being used to describe your characters actions. I know your books fall into the paranormal genre, but would you agree that they might be more mystical, even spiritual, than paranormal?

 AE: Personally, I believe that my books could comfortably fit into several genres, including mystical, spiritual, paranormal—even fantasy or science fiction. Which category fits best depends upon the perspective of the reader. I chose “paranormal” in part because it is both accurate and inclusive, welcoming skeptics, people who stand in a spiritual or mystical place, and everyone in between. That variety of beliefs is also reflected in the central characters of the series; I think that most readers will encounter a character whose perspective is close to theirs.

ME: I must ask that question that seems the most obvious. Do you write about psychic abilities because you have some? Or are you just interested in the subject?

AE: To be honest, I don’t know whether the “intuitive knowing” I mentioned earlier would be considered a psychic ability. Within my family, everyone has had experiences like that, so I’ve grown up seeing them as a normal part of life. For us, “intuitive knowing” usually involves knowing when something significant has happened to a loved one who is not physically present—for example, knowing the moment that someone has died or been seriously injured, or when someone is having an emotional crisis. Even outside of my family, I’ve encountered so many people who have either had such experiences or know someone who has that I imagine episodes of “intuitive knowing” must be quite common. I think it’s probable that most people have had some type of insight or experience that they can’t explain. I also believe that it would be short-sighted to dismiss these experiences simply because a scientific explanation for such phenomena has yet to be found.

ME: Your second novel, All the Wounds in Shadow explores military involvement in a parapsychology unit, of sorts. This allows the reader to get a little closer to Ben, than we did in the first book. He has a difficult part in these stories, as the straight man to a cast of characters who live in technicolor. Will we see Ben develop any psychic abilities in future books? Can you give us insight into his future?

AE: Unfortunately, I can’t answer this question directly without giving away spoilers! However, one of Ben’s most reliable qualities is his consistency. While it is necessary for him to keep secrets at times, he has always been straightforward and honest with Cate, for example, about who he is and how he feels, and he never wavers from that. What readers believe they may have seen in him, and what he may have yet to see in himself—these are issues to be explored in the next book.

ME: The romance between Ben and Cate seems to be moving in the right direction, so I’ll ask about Cate alone. She seems to be getting more comfortable in her role as psychic psychologist. Will she continue to take chances with her own mental health through overuse of her abilities?

AE: Like Ben, Cate is a pretty consistent character, although she does a lot of growing and learning throughout the series. One of her traits—and the source of quite a few of her conflicts with Ben—is her willingness to put herself in jeopardy to help others. This is a very basic part of who she is, and I don’t see it disappearing. However, she may be motivated to take better care of herself now that she sees more hope for her future. Also, now that she’s in a relationship with Ben, she is beginning to consider how her decisions might affect him—particularly decisions that might be to her detriment. It’s a balance that she may always be struggling to perfect, but as she learns more about her abilities and how to protect herself, it should get easier.

ME: I understand the next, and possibly last book in the series is being written right now? May I get a brief synopsis or quote to tantalize my readers?

AE: Well, that’s a bit tricky—the book is still in edits, so it’s not certain at this point exactly what will stay and what will go! But I can tell you that the MacGregor Group faces a serious existential threat, and the development of the relationship between Ben and Cate, along with the ability of the Group to work successfully as a team, are crucial to the outcome. For this book, I enjoyed placing these characters in an entirely different setting, as well; rather than their usual urban environments, they spend most of their time at a sporting resort on a remote lake. Also, several threads from the first two books that were left hanging, or that seemed to be unrelated, come together in this installment in unexpected ways. This third book is called All the Light There Is, and it will come out in Spring/Summer 2017. I’m can’t wait to share it with readers!

ME: I appreciate the opportunity to ask you these questions! Paranormal is one of my favorite genre’s, and your books take a very fresh, unique path within that genre. I am looking forward to seeing Cate and Ben’s story continue next year.

AE: Deborah, I’m delighted to be able to talk with you, and I’m thrilled that you are enjoying the series. Thank you so much again for having me!

Thanks!!

Deborah

All the Broken Places and All the Wounds in Shadow are available now from Diversion Books.


These books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo!

 

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This Chick Read: The Masked City (The Invisible Library) by Genevieve Cogman

The Masked City takes up where The Invisible Library leaves off.  Irene and Kai are living in Vale’s world investigating a mysterious fae that was after the same book as they. Attacked by thugs, then separated as she follows a lead, Kai ends up being abducted and taken to another world, chained in a dungeon.  As his mentor and friend, Irene ventures into this chaotic world to help save Kai before his dragon family decides to eliminate the fae who took him and the world they were living in, including the innocent humans inhabiting it. Continue reading “This Chick Read: The Masked City (The Invisible Library) by Genevieve Cogman”