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This week's question

Q: What have you learned from book blogging that you didn't know before about the publishing industry?

I haven't been book blogging very long. At first I thought that no one would request me to review their book, especially since I don't have that many followers. But since I started this blog I've had a decent follow of requests (even though sometimes I'd bad and don't get through the review in a timely manner).

 Before blogging and before I started writing myself, I had no idea how hard it is to market a book yourself.  My first book Lucidity is currently on amazon and the purpose of this blog was to generate readers. But I actually enjoy talking about other writer's books more,I feel like I might generate that one reader who will tip the scales for them. There are a lot of good indie books out there that get passed over for what's selling right now.

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Today's Topic:

What's the last book that made you cry?

For me that's "Life Without Summer" by Lynne Griffin


Tessa Gray's life changes forever when she loses her four-year-old daughter Abby in a hit-and-run accident outside her preschool. As she grapples with a terrible grief, made worse by the police's insistence that the case is unsolvable, she finds her only solace in Celia Reed, the grief counselor her husband's pushed her to see, and in the journal she's begun keeping, where she compulsively counts the "days without Abby" and maps out her plan for catching the driver who tore her family apart.
Celia struggles to keep Tessa from getting caught up in a bleak crusade for answers, but she finds that their sessions open the door to emotions she's spent years ignoring, forcing her to face the rising tensions in her own life-- her troubled teenage son, her alcoholic ex-husband, and her fragile new marriage. Celia soon begins to realize that she must come to terms with the tragic mistakes of her own past and the choices that have led her family to the brink of destruction.

Life Without Summer 
is a haunting portrait of two women whose lives converge unexpectedly when the answers one needs turn out to be the other's only chance for peace.

The scene that got me is when Tessa visits the kindergarten teacher who is in part responsible for her daughter's death. She failed to make sure that Abby stayed with class and that is how she ends up the victim of a hit and run. The teacher gives Tessa a tiny broken egg, the one Abby was holding when she died. It's very touching moment. Tessa is able to connect with the teacher through their shared pain even though Tessa is angry with her for her role in Abby's death. 

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Spot Light: Red Sand By Ronan Cray

Teaser: Your cruise ship has sunk into cold unforgiving depths of the ocean. Nearly everyone on board has perished. But you are one of the lucky survivors moving slowly toward a nearby island. Or so you think. This is no ordinary island, and it is not the salvation you were hoping for as you drifted away from the wreckage of the Princess Anne. The inhabitants are far less than friendly and surviving your encounter with them will be far more daunting than escaping a watery grave. What you do now will determine your fate, but you'll have to hurry the fragile society around you is crumbling and a devastating hurricane is on the horizon.

Did I Like it: Yes! I think this an excellent adventure story, complete with betrayal, murder, and suspense. The story is carefully constructed with thrilling action scenes. This wasn't the first time a novel took me to a wayward island, but I enjoyed the author's spin on this theme.    What I liked best about this story is the action from start to finish. There are very few stagnant moments, and I think that works well this type of story. The characters are in danger, they face life threatening situations, and their decisions are crucial. There is a sense of urgency but the situations the characters are in leave them few options and this creates a constant tension between them. They won't all survive their ordeal, some will perish, others will be captives, but no one is going home.  I admit that I'm sucker for books with flowery detail. But I found the author's clear and concise writing style refreshing. In place of length description the author does a fantastic job of using dialogue to tell this story. Because of some of the language I recommend this book for teens or adults. 

Caveats: None

Overall Rating: 5/5

Who's it for?:

Adventure/action lovers
Suspense/ Thriller readers
General readers
Adult fiction readers.

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