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{Tour Stop} Fool’s Game by Heather Huffman – Book Feature + Giveaway

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Genre: YA Suspense
Published: June 24, 2013 by Booktrope
Length: 210 pages
Source: (author) review copy

At the request of the U.S. Government, Caitlyn O’Rourke faked her death years ago, only to be reborn as the Cat—a deadly black-ops agent tasked with working for the shadowy organization Chameleon and doing the jobs that can’t be done in the light of day. Now, on the verge of taking down a notorious drug lord and rescuing a captured Chameleon agent, Cat is targeted for assassination…from within. But who’s making the call, and why? As she attempts to uncover answers and stay alive, Cat finds herself working alongside Cody Kingsley, the mysterious senator who broke her heart and betrayed her long ago. Along with an inner circle of fellow agents, Cat and Cody must untangle the web of lies that surrounds them before it’s too late. From the sultry streets of New Orleans to a secluded plantation in Ecuador to Washington, DC, Cat must elude an agent hell-bent on her destruction while figuring out how high up the ladder the conspiracy reaches. At the same time, she must work through her tumultuous and conflicting emotions where both Cody and fellow agent Galloway—who may or may not have her best interests at heart—are concerned. A thrill ride of emotions, suspense, and action, Fool’s Game intertwines matters of the heart and survival …and the only thing certain is that Cat will never be the same.”

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Heather and GoatsyHeather Huffman calls the beautiful Missouri Ozarks home. When not writing, this homesteading mother is cheering one of her three sons on at a sporting event, making dandelion fritters, or tending the family’s myriad of animals, which includes alpacas, goats, chickens and ducks. Heather’s optimistic and sometimes quirky view of life often finds its way into her novels.
Heather is the author of Throwaway, Ties that Bind, Jailbird, Suddenly a Spy, Ring of Fire, Tumbleweed, Devil in Disguise and Roses in Ecuador. You can find out more about her family’s adventures as they strive to live off the land on a small farm, as well as her writing and charitable work, on www.heatherhuffman.net.

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{Tour Stop} The Game by Shane Scollins: Review + Excerpt

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Genre: YA Thriller/Suspense
Published: March 2013 by Limitless Publishing
Length: 297 pages
Source: author (review copy)

No matter where you are, they’ll find you, and put you in “The GAME”.

Candice Laguna’s life is being systematically dismantled, by an unknown force, for a
reason she can’t imagine. But she is about to become the unwilling star of a reality game
competition the likes of which has never been broadcast to the world.
 
Just when things get darkest, a mysterious man snatches her from the grips of doom.
He is a man who is not what he seems, and not who he says. He has no name and his
motivation to help Candice is not what it seems to be.
 
But his selfishness has good intentions, he just wants to know who he is and where he
came from. And getting to the man orchestrating this reality game is the only way to find
the truth.
 
THE GAME is a mystery/thriller with an unpredictable paranormal twist. It has action
and adventure and plays up the everyday exploitation of reality television obsession gone
wrong.

review

I really enjoyed reading The Game! At first I thought it was about the characters getting put into a maze which is the game, but nope! It was a fresh read because there was a lot of unique things going on especially with Lukas’s character, our protagonist. The beginning was super uber intense and terrifying! It starts out with this person who creepily butts in to Candice’s life. I was just like “who is this creeper!? How did he know Candice’s number? Who the heck is he?” It was just like a movie playing in my head. Even if it’s a young adult book, the characters seems mature. It’s written in 3rd person point of view and it switches perspective between Candice, our 19 year old protagonist, Lukas, and the third perspective is sometimes the antagonist or another character in the book. What I also like about this book was the actual “game” scene. Oh my goodness. I wish I had popcorn with me while I was reading those scenes because they were just suspenseful and scary! I wish the game lasted longer though, and it’s not because I want to see the characters suffer, lol, no!
What I was kind of iffy about was when I got to know more about Lukas and his situation. Even though his character was well thought of, I feel like his situation didn’t really fit the whole game thing, especially the ending. The last couple of chapters were kind of leading into a new plot and new type of story. But I think some of you will like it though. While there is the whole game thing going on, we also get to see who Lukas really is. Another thing that I was “so-so” about was the romance. It was alright to me, and kind of cheesy sometimes. It was a bit sudden, but I love how every time an obstacle comes crushing in between them, they still find a way to be together.
Overall, I recommend this to everyone especially if you’re in for a thrill! It’s such a fresh read that will leave you hooked on from the first page.
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Candice tossed her bag on the wood chair by the door and kicked off her shoes. A part of her expected the phone to ring just before it did. The logical part of her mind screamed at her, just let it ring, or unplug the phone. But some sense of morbid curiosity dug at her spine.

She picked up the phone but didn’t say anything. She expected the voice of the little girl again, but that’s not what she heard. This time it was a man, an old man.

“Hello, Candice. Why didn’t you talk to me at the bar, when I called you earlier?”

She was confused yet again. “Who the hell is this?”

“What do you mean? You don’t remember me? I’m glad you told that loser Eddie to beat it. He’s not good enough for you.”

She hung up the phone.

The phone rang again. She answered. “Leave me alone, dammit! If you call back, I’m going to call the cops.” She hung up the phone.

Her thumb was barely off the receiver when it rang again. Reluctantly, she answered again. “What do you want from me? Why are you doing this?”

“I want you, Candice.” This time the voice was sinister, haunting, that of a deranged, cliché, psychopath out for blood. The call ended.

She went into the living room. The phone rang again. This was maddening. She answered the call, prepared to scream, but on the other end was the tra-la-la of a young girl.

“Candy? Are you there?”

Candice could feel her mind twisting into a knot. This was pure insanity.

“Candy, can you come out to play?”

She disconnected the call, and turned off the ringers on her phones. She then turned off her cell and crawled into her bed to get some sleep.

She turned to face him. “He’s right, I can’t let them die. And you don’t want me to let Alexis die either. I have to do this. I have to see if I can save them. Let me at least hear him out and find out what the hell all this is. If I don’t like it, we can walk away.” She turned to face Angus again. “I’m in.”

He smiled and folded his hands. “Well, let the games begin.”

On the next platform, the steel creaked horribly. Something popped and the entire platform moved forward, pulling away from the building. Candice screamed and nearly tumbled over the railing, but Vince managed to get a hand on the waist of her jeans. He kept her from falling a good thirty feet.

The entire fire escape moved again, pitching them forward and sideways. Alexis ran down the ladder in a panic and leapt the last ten feet to the ground. Candice and Vince froze, neither one wanted to move. They both knew a sudden movement would likely tear the heavy steel from the bricks and send them plunging to the ground.

“C’mon!” Alexis yelled from the alley.

Candice swallowed hard, steadied her breath. “What now?”

“Don’t move.”

“I think we’ve established that.”

The window directly below them exploded, and fire reached out towards their feet. The flames were blackening the red bricks, and licking at their legs through the holes in the fire escape.

Vince took her hand. “We need to go, now.”

She met his eyes, nodded.

{Tour Stop} Sierra by Taylor Dean – Review + Interview + Excerpt



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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published: June 13, 2012
Length: 342 pages
Source: (author) review copy

“Alyssa Fontaine’s life, loved ones–everything familiar and dear–are brutally taken from her. Taken captive by two men, she endures a horrific nightmare. A new life is forced upon her and even a new name. Just when it appears that no hope is in sight, she is saved by an unlikely twist of fate. Trapped in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, life will open its arms to her again and she will embrace it. She will find love such as she never knew existed.

Sierra is a heart-wrenching story of the power of the human spirit to survive amidst impossible circumstances and severe losses. It is a story of survival . . . and hope.”

review

What intrigued me to read Sierra was the plot; I’ve never read a book about two men captivating a woman for a different purpose. These two men did not want any of her fancy stuff, money, or car. They wanted something else, something you wouldn’t think of, and that is why I love this book! I got hooked on to it and I couldn’t predict what would happen next. I usually see movies with men kidnapping a woman or a family, but this time I get to read it! The beginning of the book would have to be my favorite part. I caught myself gasping and surprised because there was so much stuff going on and like Alyssa, the main character, I was shocked with the events that were taking place. I was literally like :O “NOOO WAAAY!” “OH SHOOT!” “OMG :o” yeuup. Her family was shot right in front of her guys.

I loved all the characters, well except for the two psychopaths and Alyssa’s father. They were so real and Alyssa is such a great heroine. Man, if I was in her situation I would be shaking like crazy and freak out. She was so headstrong and fought her best to get away from those two retards. For our leading man- Alex – he’s awesome as well! He was very mysterious in the book and that added a little more suspense to the story. You’ll be like “Who is he? How does he even live there? Why is he living there?” I kept asking those questions to myself while reading it and was finally answered towards the end of the book.

The romance part was good! I thought it was cute but sometimes it got just a little bit cheesy. Also I think Alyssa says ‘I love you’ too much and I’m like “girl I get it and your husband just past away…”. Only thing I didn’t understand though was how come Alex couldn’t contact his helicopter to pick Alyssa up? I know there’s no signal when you’re on the mountains but I’m pretty sure Alex and Alyssa can travel and find a signal somewhere, even if it’s 5 miles away, that is, if Alyssa really wanted to go home. It looked like she didn’t though, and I know she was recovering from that leg injury but if I were her and after I recover, I would’ve walked back to my family even though it was far away. She didn’t though.

Sierra is one of those books that gives you something to think about with a lot of romance and sweet stuff thrown in it which I liked! Being trapped for months with the boy you love, that was good stuff for her lol. I recommend this to everyone especially if you like a novel with romance and suspense.

interview

Q: Sierra is such a beautiful novel! What inspired you to write it?
Thank you so much, Leigh! And thank you for letting me visit your blog today! Sierra was my first novel and is my personal favorite. It means a lot to know you thought it was ‘beautiful.’

I received my inspiration for Sierra from the true story of the abduction of Olympic medalist, Kari Swenson. As I watched the 1987 TV movie of her ordeal, entitled “Abduction,” it sparked a “what if” story in me. What if the kidnapping had been successful? What if she was taken deep into the woods? What if she was rescued there? What if she had to stay with her rescuer through the winter?My imagination took over from there!

During one adventurous day many years ago, I sat down to write my “what if” story, longhand mind you, long before I ever dreamed of actually becoming an author.
Thoughts on Sierra rumbled around in my imagination for the next sixteen years until I finally took the plunge and started to write the novel. Although it is written very differently than those pages hastily written so long ago (I still have them, and they’re awful), it is the same story that exists today. It was such a relief to get my story onto paper. I couldn’t stop thinking about it till it was written. Now I’m free!

Q: Of all the places, why did you choose the setting to take place in the mountains?
The story called for a remote setting. Not only that—for the story to work—the weather needed to trap the characters for the winter and the terrain needed to be rough enough to prevent walking out with an injured leg. The mountains seemed the perfect answer to each scenario in order to make the story believable.
Of course, what it really comes down to is, I LOVE the mountains. Their beauty really can reach out and heal your soul.

Q: What song best fits your book?

I ALWAYS have songs that fit my books. They are the songs that make the storyline play through my mind like a movie. Not sure if they’ll do that for anyone else, though!
Here are my favorites for Sierra:
*To Make You Feel My Love by Garth Brooks
*1 + 1 by Beyonce
*Sweet Dream, Beautiful Nightmare as sung by Jessica Sanchez on American Idol

Q: How long did it take you to write it?

Much too long! Sierra was my first novel, and in essence, my first attempt at writing a full length novel. I had no idea what I was doing or how long it should be. (I hadn’t done my research!) I spent a year playing around with it, writing to my heart’s content, never really thinking about actually publishing it. By the time I was done, I had a 165,000 word monstrosity on my hands! Oddly enough, my family and friends still loved it, even in that raw, unedited state. Go figure! I had to spend several more months editing it to within an inch of its life before it was ready to see the light of day, (and I cut it down to 100,000 words).

Q: Was there a time that you dreamt about one of your characters?

Alex. Always Alex. To this day, he’s still my favorite of my leading men.
After reading Sierra, my sister said to me, “I can’t stop dreaming of being stuck in a snowbound cabin with a handsome hero!”

Q: If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Well, Alex, of course. But don’t tell my hubby I said that!

Q: What is your advice for authors who are also writing a romantic suspense book? 

I would say, keep the romance as the strongest part of your story. Let the suspense be secondary. Make the reader forget they are even reading a suspense story. Then sock it to ‘em by bringing the suspense to the forefront. Example: When I watched the movie, “Titanic,” I forgot they were aboard the Titanic. I was much too absorbed in the love story. Get the idea?

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Haha thank you so much for your time Taylor 😀 I loved your answers! and I’d spend time with Alex too… but a younger version Alex cause I’m only 16 x) And now for the excerpt!….

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ALEX STARED INTO the eyes of the young lady. Even though she was dirty and beaten, he could see she was beautiful underneath it all. He was appalled at her condition. Now that her head was up, he could see she had another rope tied around her neck, the skin also bloody, raw, and bruised. Her lip was swollen and cracked from the force of a blow, no doubt. An ugly, bluish tone covered her right cheekbone, again from being hit. Small scratches and bruises covered her from neglect and abuse. Feeling her pain, he wanted to reach out and take her in his arms. He stared right back into the desperate brown eyes. A chill went up his spine as they seemed to communicate without words.

When the young one noticed their eyes were fixated upon each other, he yanked the rope around her neck possessively and pulled her close.  “I’m Adam and this here lady is my Eve.”

The girl winced, but did not break eye contact with him. Alex let the kid’s statement sink in with all it implied. His eyebrows knit at the thought.

“I’m Alex,” he said simply. A couple of sorry excuses for men—beating on a woman—the lowest of the low.


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