Illicit Intent Tour – Review

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About the Book

Calliope Garland’s newsdesk assignment was fairly straightforward—dig up the dirt on the sketchy CEO of a Wall Street hedge fund. But when the man is murdered and valuable data destroyed, a simple investigation turns deadly. Calliope is unwittingly in possession of vital financial information and a priceless work of art; either of which may get her killed. With an ever-growing list of people who want to harm her, Calliope must set aside her reservations and turn to the one man she knows she can trust. 

Miller “Tox” Buchanan is a study in contradictions: kind but lethal, passionate but distant, self-possessed yet hesitant. He knows he should keep his distance, but when Calliope is hurled into danger, Tox will stop at nothing to protect her.

…Her first instinct wasn’t to dial 911 but rather to call a certain Navy SEAL. She forced down the antiquated damsel in distress fantasy floating around in her head and rationalized the police would surely ask questions she was unwilling or unable to answer. She brought up her contacts. At the bottom, she touched the entry labeled, Tox, and the call rang through. A grizzly bear answered.

“This better be good.”



“I need your help…”

Be advised: this story contains scenes of violence equivalent to an R-rated movie and explicit sexual situations.

Praise for Illicit Intent

A steamy and seductive romance combined with an intricate plot involving art thieves, assassins, and undercover intelligence operatives make Illicit Intent a ravishingly entertaining read that hooks you in from the first page and simply refuses to let go.-Readers’ Favorite (5/5 Stars)


This book just has so many amazing aspects that are rolled all together into one amazing book. So, to say the least, this is an entertaining story that will leave you hooked and waiting for more. And while this book is a part of a series, you can read them out of order or pick and choose which ones you want to read! So don’t worry if you’re new to the series, but you also might as well just grab the first because you’ll want to read it anyways.

This story has twists and turns and an amazing story throughout. But, T=the plot to this story isn’t the only amazing things. The characters are also really well developed. I found myself loving each and every character as I met them and wanted to learn more and more about them. And while there is so much packed into this story it’s written so well that you don’t even realize how much was put into this story until you finish.

So, as you can see I really loved this one. It’s just such a well written book that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it.

About the Author

Debbie Baldwin is a successful print media and television writer. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law. Debbie and her husband live in Saint Louis, Missouri with their puggle, Pebbles. They have three children in college.

Tour Schedule

April 27th- Lindas Book Obsession 

April 27th – Dani Reads

April 27th- Noor The Bookworm

April 29th- Rajivs Reviews

May 3rd- Subakka Bookstuff

May 3rd-Bookish Heidi

May 4th – Jayme Reads

May 4th – Jackie Loves Books

May 8th– Carol Doscher

May 10th– Novels and Latte Book Club –

May 13th- Ya It’s Lit

May 15th- My Crazy Reading Obsession

May 19th – Coffee Books Dogs

May 21st- Delightfully Booked

May 22nd-David L Morgan

May 26th- Bookoholic Cafe

May 27th -Rozier Reads and Wine

May 31st-Cover 2 Cover Cafe

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Cover Your Tracks Tour – Review

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About the Book

Margo Fletcher, eight months pregnant, is traveling by train from Chicago to Spokane, her childhood home. While passing through an isolated portion of the Rockies in blizzard conditions, the train unexpectedly brakes. Up ahead, deadly snow from a massive avalanche plummets down the mountain. Despite the conductor’s order for the passengers to stay seated, former Army Ranger Nick Eliot insists that survival depends on moving to the back of the train. Only Margo believes him. They take refuge in the last train car, which Nick heroically uncouples in time to avoid the avalanche. The rest of the train is hurled down the mountainside and is soon lost forever in a blanket of snow. Margo and Nick, the sole survivors, are stranded in the snowstorm without food, water, or heat. Rescuers might not arrive for days.

When the weather turns violent again, the pair must flee the shelter of the passenger car and run for their lives into the wilderness. They must fend off the deadly cold as well as predatory wild animals foraging for food. We learn that both Margo and Nick have secrets that have brought them together and threaten to destroy them.

Cover Your Tracks is a chilling story of love and hate, the devastating power of nature, and the will to survive.

Praise for Cover Your Tracks

Sensational – new, fresh, suspenseful, and lead character Margo Fletcher is to die for. I loved this book.” — LEE CHILD, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“This nail-biter from Auffenorde … [has] [w]ell-crafted action sequences [that] keep up the energy and tension. Thriller fans will want to see more from Auffenorde.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Fast, slick, brimming with tension–Daco Auffenorde knows how to ramp up the suspense with this terrific new thriller. Loved it!” — GLENN MEADE, Internationally Bestselling Author

“Emotionally resonant, provocative, timely—this unique thriller will linger in your thoughts long after the final page. Auffenorde brilliantly captures the extreme lengths a mother will go to for her child. In COVER YOUR TRACKS, you’ll be snow-blinded in the deep wilderness where the one person who can get you out is also your enemy. Sensational.” — K.J. HOWE, International Bestselling Author of SKYJACK

“Cover Your Tracks is exactly what a thriller should be. A fast-paced plot, great characters, and tightly-wound suspense create a story that will linger long after you turn the final page. Highly recommended.” — D.P. LYLE, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series

“Daco S. Auffenorde’s thrilling COVER YOUR TRACKS unspools a relentless crescendo of menace and doubt. A chilling tale of damaged souls, iron wills, and dark obsession. Two strangers—a resourceful ex-soldier and a pregnant doctor—must trust each other to reach safety after their train is swept down a remote mountain by an avalanche. Survival as a team sport.” — JAMES W. ZISKIN, author of the award-winning Ellie Stone mysteries


You know those books where you just have to take one look at them and you instantly know they’re your kind of book? Well, Cover Your Tracks was one of those books. I have a penchant for survival stories and as soon as I saw this one I just had to read it. And it did not disappoint. To say the least: this book had me HOOKED.

Now, when I say this book had me hooked I mean I could literally not put it down. I just had to keep turning the pages and seeing what fresh horror awaited our characters. And, as you can surmise from the synopsis, the stakes are high. But they’re also so much higher than you could even begin to imagine. And I don’t want to say anything more on that lest I accidentally give anything away.

Now, there are a few things I want to touch on before I close out this review and that is mainly some race issues towards Indigenous Americans I noticed throughout the book. However, I am not an Indigenous American so I just want to mention it but not make any assumptions based off of what I read. BUT, these have been removed per the authors/publishers request for the finished version and knowing that I can gladly say that this is an amazing book.

About the Author

Daco Auffenorde was born at the Naval hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Huntsville, Alabama―also known as Rocket City for its role in building the rocket that took astronauts into space―Daco holds a B.A. and M.A.S. from The University of Alabama in Huntsville and a J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Alabama Writers’ Forum, Authors Guild, and Alabama State Bar.

Tour Schedule

Oct. 19th –  Dani Reads

Oct. 21st – Noor The Bookworm

Oct. 22nd –  Whimsicaly Me

Oct. 23rd- Bookish With Wine

Oct. 25th – Lindas Book Obsession 

Oct. 26th  Bookoholic Cafe

Oct. 27th-Biblio Reviews 

Oct. 28th  – Bookoholic Cafe

Nov. 5th – Jackie Loves Books

Nov. 5th – Christina Stephanie Reads

Nov. 7th – Marilyn Goncalves 

Nov. 8th – Miss W Book Reviews 

Nov. 16th – Books With Bethany 

Nov. 29th – Book Coffee Cozy

Dec. 1st- Sho Biz Reads

Dec. 8th – Rozier Reads and Wine

Dec. 12th – Sealed With A Book

Dec. 19th -Really Into This

Jan. 5th -Jennifer Tar Heel Reader –

Jan. 7th – The Caffeinated Reader

Jan 8th –  2 Babes And A Bookshelf

Jan. 8th – Ya It’s Lit

Jan. 9th – Rebecca Well Read

Jan. 12th- Colleens Reading Adventures

Jan. 13th –  A Book And A Latte

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*

The Betrayal Tour – Review

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About the Book

From the USA Today bestselling author comes a gripping thriller about a divorce attorney who’s about to discover her own marriage is based on lies when she’s arrested for murder.

Attorney Olivia Sinclair is shocked when she receives an anonymous video showing her husband Richard sleeping with someone else. After years of handling other people’s divorces, she thought she could recognise a marriage in trouble.

She angrily throws Richard out of the home they share. But days later she’s arrested—for the murder of his mistress.

Olivia knows she’s innocent but, with all the evidence pointing at her and an obvious motive, she must find the real killer to clear her name.

She may be used to dealing with messy divorces, but this one will be her most difficult case yet. Olivia’s husband has already betrayed her—but would he set her up for murder?

A gripping and unputdownable thriller for fans of Gillian McAllister, Alafair Burke and A Killer’s Wife.


What a perfect book to ring in the new year with! I had taken a slight book break (AKA I haven’t had a chance to binge lately) in case you cant tell and I finally got a chance to sit down and just read with this one and I am so happy that this was the first book I am logging in a review for this year. Because it was intense and crazy and wild and amazing!

There was just so much to like about this book, but what perhaps was the best part was that it is just a solid and well thought out plot. While I almost always guess the “whodunit” at the beginning of the book (can I blame my addiction to Sherlock Holmes as a child for this?), I still really enjoy books like this. And The Betrayal is definitely one of my new favorites in this genre!

This is a perfect psychological thriller for many types of readers and people. It has a little something for everyone and quite honestly it’ll just hook you from the moment you pick it up. So, go give this one a try (*nudge, nudge*)!

About the Author

Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which features a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. The Family Secret released to critical acclaim in March 2019, and House of Lies, the third book in the series, released on March 4, 2020. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn walking in the woods with her dogs or visiting historical cemeteries in search of story ideas.

Tour Schedule

Oct. 23rd – Dani Reads

Oct. 23rd – Noor The Bookworm

Oct. 24th – Lindas Book Obsession 

Oct. 26th -Really Into This

Oct. 27th- Books Are Magic Too

Oct. 30th -The Weekend Booker 

Nov. 4th – Girl Loves Dogs Books Wine

Nov. 6th – Books Writing and More

Nov. 10th – Marisa Gothie

Nov. 13th – David L Morgan

Nov. 22nd – Head Full Of Books 

Dec. 19th – Rebecca Well Read

Dec. 27th – Amy Lynn Lifestyle

Dec. 28th – Bookish Heidi

Dec. 29th – The Book Reader

Jan 2nd – Niks Nook

Jan. 4th – Delightfully Booked 

Jan. 4th – Gwendalyn Books

Jan. 5th – Christina Stephanie Reads

Jan. 5th – Colleens Reading Adventures

Jan. 7th – Ya It’s Lit

Jan. 8th – Reading With Mere-

Jan. 11th – Love My Books 2020

Jan 12th  – Jennifer Tar Heel Reader –

Jan. 14th – Britt Reads A Latte Books

Jan. 15th – Carol Doscher

Jan. 15th – Reecas Pieces Books 

*I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review*

Two Minds Review

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About the Book

Daddy issues? CHECK

Mummy issues? CHECK

Family issues? CHECK

Fucked up self esteem? CHECK

Overthinking mind leading to insanity? CHECK

Lizzy is your average messed up girl, clearly not taking a break from life’s fucked up routine of hell.

Her parents are the demons of her prison, driving her to rebal by making instinctive choices.

Ultimately leading her to uncover a secret that was hidden from her since birth.

What if everyone you know wasn’t who they said they were?

What if your surroundings weren’t all that you could see?

What if the You, you thought you knew wasn’t who you truly are?

A classically intriguing thriller where every corner is a mystery that could lead to your death or survival…
Would you take the risk?

Or watch yourself burn in the world you thought you knew?



Wow, what a quick but intense read. There is honestly no other way to describe it really. Two Minds pulls you in, tangles you up, then spits you right back out. And I know I’ve said its intense, but this novella really is tangled and crazy and wild. There are just so many ups and downs throughout it.

Where this one excelled the most is the writing. Griffits just expertly wove together the story between Lizzy and Darcy and really ensured that you were engaged throughout the novella. And I also really just enjoyed the two characters and how different yet similar they are. And even though I’m not a huge fan of multiple POVs I think it worked (for the most part) in this one.

I know I’ve already said this multiple times, but be prepared for a wild ride in this story. BUT, on the plus side the length of the book means you won’t have to spend forever trying to get through the twists. I’ve really come to appreciate novellas this year and I think for stories like this one the length works better. At least for my attention span.

About the Author

Naakaree published her first book in 2017, with her second following in 2020.

Naakaree has always found love in reading and writing and graduated with a diploma in Journalism in 2019. During her studies, she started up ‘KBS Magazine’ in 2018, and combined her love for the two different writing styles of Journalistic & fiction book writing.

*I received an ecopy in exchange for an honest review*

Dead Season Tour – Review

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About the Book

Release Date: December 8, 2020 

Senior Investigator Shana Merchant has spent years running from her past. But she never imagined a murder case would drive her to the most dangerous place of all—home. 

After leaving the NYPD following her abduction by serial killer Blake Bram, Shana Merchant hoped for a fresh start in the Thousand Islands of Upstate New York. Her former tormentor has other plans. Shana and Bram share more than just a hometown, and he won’t let her forget it. When the decades-old skeleton of Shana’s estranged uncle is uncovered, Bram issues a challenge: Return home to Vermont and solve the cold case, or the blood he spills next will be on her hands.

As Shana interviews members of her family and the community, mining for secrets that could help her solve her uncle’s murder, she begins to realize how little she remembers of her childhood. And when Bram grows impatient and kidnaps again, leaving a trail of clues Shana alone can understand, she knows his new victim will only survive if she wins the psychopath’s twisted game. In order to solve one mystery, Shana must wade into her murky past to unravel another.

Praise for The Dead Season

Chilling psychological thriller meets gripping police procedural in this relentlessly compelling cat and mouse game of buried secrets and family heartbreak. Tessa Wegert is such a skilled and confident storyteller! I could not put this down.”–Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The First to Lie

“Intricate plotting and a razor-sharp narration keep the pages turning in this up-all-night murder mystery. Menacing and atmospheric, Death in the Family will have you on the edge of your seat rooting for Detective Shana Merchant to uncover the truth and triumph over the scars of her own dark past. A tense, riveting read!” —Wendy Walker, USA Today bestselling author of The Night Before

“This locked-room thriller has all of the requisite tangled motives and deductive crime-solving, along with a riveting introduction to edgy survivor Shana and Tim, her steady, easygoing foil.”—Booklist


Uhm, can we just talk about how crazy this series is?! I don’t often pick up crime/thriller books, and I don’t know why because I actually really love this genre. But this series is now a particular favorite in the genre because it reminds me of the OG Agatha Christie. And who doesn’t love Christie?

This book just took us down so many roads and it was such a wild ride. I loved how everything wove together and how the past came back to haunt the present. And this book is going to hook you and make you incredibly invested in what might happen next. I mean, you’re not going to just WANT to know, you’re going to NEED to know. So, maybe set some time aside for this book so you don’t have to set it down.

There’s something oddly relaxing about a crime book. They’re haunting and terrifying in all of the scarily realistic ways, but they’re also always so gripping. And The Dead Season is one of those books that fits that description like a perfect puzzle piece. I look forward to seeing what comes next in this series!

About the Author

Tessa Wegert is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Adweek, and The Economist. She grew up in Quebec near the border of Vermont and now lives with her family in Connecticut. Tessa writes mysteries set in Upstate New York while studying martial arts and dance. 

Tour Schedule

Nov. 18th – Lindas Book Obsession 

Nov. 19th – Jennifer Tar Heel Reader –

Nov. 20th – Cassie’s Book Reviews

Nov. 21st– Miss W Book Reviews

Nov. 22nd – Texacali Books 

Nov. 23rd – Mrs Boom Reads 

Nov. 24th – SL Reads Books

Nov. 24th – The Reading Chemist

Nov. 25th – Marilyn Goncalves 

Nov. 28th – Whimsicaly Me

Dec. 1st – Love My Books 2020

Dec. 1st – My Book And Plants

Dec. 2nd – The Book Blondie 

Dec. 3rd – Megs Book Club

Dec. 4th – Thoughts From A Page

Dec. 5th – Rebecca Well Read

Dec. 5th – Ya It’s Lit

Dec. 6th -The Weekend Booker 

Dec. 7th – Book Are The Magic

Dec. 7th – Noor The Bookworm

Dec. 8th – Nature Books and Coffee

Dec. 8th –  Always With A Book –

Dec. 8th – Delightfully Booked 

Dec 9th – Sho Biz Reads 

Dec 10th – Whitney Arnett

Dec. 10th – Bookapotamus 

Dec. 11th – Reading With Mere-

Dec. 12th- Bliss Beauty and Books

Dec. 14th – The Caffeinated Reader

Dec. 15th – The Mary Reader 

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

The Watcher Tour – Review

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About the Book

From the award-winning author of The Scamp, Jennifer Pashley is back with a searing literary noir about what it means to live on the margins of society and what happens when no one is watching…

Pearl Jenkins is a nobody. She was a woman who lived as a hermit in the woods. One day, she’s nowhere to be found, and all that’s left behind is a pool of blood and a child no one knew existed, raised completely off the grid and in the grip of Pearl’s manic paranoia.

Kateri Fisher is used to being an outsider. Now, she’s the only female detective in the tiny upstate New York town of Spring Falls, where everyone knows everyone, but no one will talk. It’s fitting that she takes the case that no one else wants. But as Kateri struggles to navigate the harsh rules of a new town while trying to learn the truth about the Jenkins family, only one thing becomes clear: neither she nor Pearl are as invisible as she first thought. Someone’s always watching.

Praise for The Watcher

“Pashley’s seamless, yet meticulous writing pulls the reader into the bleak world of rural upstate New York…Atmospheric and dark, yet emotionally compelling, The Watcher is simply phenomenal on all counts. Jennifer Pashley is nothing short of a rising star.” —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night

“The Watcher is a taut literary thriller about desperation, desire, and what people are capable of when they’ve got nothing left to lose. Pashley’s masterful prose makes your heart ache and your pulse pound for every single character populating this chilly, unforgiving—and unforgettable—world.” —Layne Fargo, author of Temper

“The characters in The Watcher will rip your heart out…There is hope at the heart of this novel, and also redemption and justice. You’ll find yourself reading faster to discover what happens next and slowing down to wallow in the beautiful prose. Pashley writes about the people on the fringes of society with clear-eyed compassion and grace. It’s a gift.”—Tiffany Quay Tyson, award-winning author of The Past is Never

“Do not miss this dark and gorgeously told mystery that combines both the literary and noir. I was completely enthralled…You will not be able to turn away from The Watcher.”—Vanessa Lillie, Amazon bestselling author of Little Voices and For the Best


Since I grew up in tiny town NY it’s always nice to read a book in that setting! It always feels like coming home to me, even if I’m reading a crime based book. The Watcher is the first book in a new crime series and I can honestly say that after reading the first I cannot wait to continue this series! Pashley just has a way with words that makes them flow off the page in such a delightful way!

For being a crime book this read is incredible atmospheric, which I think is the perfect addition to crime novels. It just adds that perfect extra sense of dread and etherealness that helps to captivate you as you read. And even outside of this the characters were all really interesting. I enjoyed learning more about them and getting all sides of the story.

Knowing small town antics I could easily see a small town crumble like it did in this story. And overall this was one of those books that I couldn’t look away from. It just had that perfect combination of realness, amazing writing, and an engaging story that will leave you needing more. And I really look forward to seeing what Pashley comes up with next!

About the Author

Jennifer Pashley is the award-winning author of two short story collections, States, and The Conjurer, and a novel, The Scamp. Her stories have appeared widely in journals like Mississippi Review, PANK, and SmokeLong Quarterly, and she has been awarded the Red Hen Prize for Fiction, the Mississippi Review Prize for fiction, and the Carve Magazine Esoteric Award for LGBT Fiction.

Tour Schedule

Oct. 21st– Nurse Bookie

Oct. 26th – Lindas Book Obsession 

Oct. 27th – Noor The Bookworm

Oct. 28th – Book Are The Magic

Nov. 4th –  Whimsicaly Me

Nov. 5th – Bryant Park Books

Nov. 10th -Biblio Reviews 

Nov. 11th – Love My Books 2020

Nov. 13th – Reading With Mere-

Nov. 14th – Ya It’s Lit

Nov. 17th – Miss W Book Reviews

Nov. 22nd – Niks Nook

Nov. 24th – David L Morgan

Nov. 26th -Bookoholic Cafe

Dec. 3rd – The Caffeinated Reader

Dec. 10th – Mrs Boom Reads 

Dec. 14th – Delightfully Booked 

Dec. 17th  – Jayme Reads

Dec. 28th – Rozier Reads and Wine

Jan. 3rd – My Book And Plants

Jan. 6th – Rebecca Well Read

Jan. 6th – Rajivs Reviews

Jan. 13th – Reecas Pieces Books 

Jan. 17th –  Sealed With A Book

Jan. 18th – Bookish Heidi

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Never Turn Back Tour – Review

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About the Book

Release Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Ethan Faulkner is a precocious child with a brilliant but troublesome sister, a war vet for a father, and a weary mother trying to manage their family. One night a young woman rings their doorbell, desperate to hide from two men who are pursuing her, when one of the two barges in after her. The struggle leaves both of Ethan’s parents dead.

Years later, Ethan has a successful teaching career and a budding relationship with a coworker. But he hasn’t quite followed through on his promise to his dying father–to take care of his sister. Susannah is not an easy person to keep tabs on, is a handful even when the tabs are kept, and quite frankly, Ethan wants her to suffer for preventing him from getting to his dad before he died all those years ago.

It was a long time ago and Ethan tries to put all of it behind him. But that’s easier said than done. When news of a brutal murder breaks with evidence pointing to Ethan as the prime suspect, all the painful memories of his past come rushing to meet him. Lyrically conveyed with emotion and nuance, Never Turn Back is a powerful story about family, vengeance, and how some actions echo through the years with irreparable consequences.

Praise for Never Turn Back

The past comes back—with a vengeance—to bite a good-hearted teacher and his brash, broken sister in Swann’s excellent latest. I loved this twisty, sexy, fast-paced thriller.”—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Never Have I Ever

“Christopher Swann never disappoints. Swann’s unmistakable voice catapults this suspenseful story to the finish line, one dark secret at a time. A must-read.” —J. T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of Good Girls Lie

“An intelligent and layered mystery that had me burning through the pages. The balance of darkness and redemption without losing a bit of the tightrope tension is a skill most writers achieve only after an entire career.” —Brian Panowich, award-winning author of Bull Mountain

“Christopher Swann understands the dread that an incidental glance, a casual comment, silence between two characters can conjure. And it’s with this delicate but sure touch that he tells the story of a man trying to make sense of his violent past and prevent it from destroying the new life he’s built.” —Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of Until the Day I Die


What better time to read a thriller than right now? Wait, I take that back, *than this year.* I mean, we’re basically living in one! But if you’re feeling like you need something to set you on the edge of your seat, give you some major suspense, and actually give you a great cast of characters (and a doggy!) then this is the one for you!

Now, this one is set up just like how I like my thrillers because it’s a “slow” start. And what I mean by that is that it sets everything up so carefully and lures you in, then SNAPS and everything gets turned on its head. So you read it waiting for that ball to drop and it just heightens the suspense for me. And I think it just elevates the story because you become so invested in it and a big mind twist at that point isn’t just for the sake of a twist but truly adds something to the story.

And even though I say this one is slow I mean it’s not slow at all. It will hook you right from the first page and you will become invested in all of the characters and what may or may not happen to them. And there is a strong mystery element to this story, which is something I always love to see!

About the Author

Christopher Swann is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He earned a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University, an M.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. Shadow of the Lions, published in 2017 by Algonquin, was his debut novel.

Tour Schedule

Oct. 2nd – Girl Loves Dogs Books Wine

Oct. 2nd  – Always With A Book –

Oct. 4th – David L Morgan

Oct. 5th – Lindas Book Obsession

Oct. 6th – Noor The Bookworm

Oct. 6th – Nurse Bookie

Oct. 7th – Megs Book Club

Oct. 8th – Dani Reads

Oct. 9th – Christina Stephanie Reads

Oct. 9th – Well Read Traveler

Oct. 10th – Sealed With A Book

Oct. 13th – Gingers Book Club

Oct. 14th – Mrs Boom Reads 

Oct. 14th– Ya It’s Lit

Oct. 16th – Niks Nook

Oct. 16th – Reading With Mere-

Oct. 19th – Bookish With Wine

Oct. 20th –  2 Babes And A Bookshelf

Oct. 21st – Bryant Park Books

Oct. 22nd – Jennifer Tar Heel Reader –

Oct. 23rd – Books Are Magic Too

Oct. 24th – Love My Books 2020

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*

The Girl that Vanished Tour – Review

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Author: A.J. Rivers

Narrator: Claire Duncan

Length: 5 hours and 48 minutes

Series: Emma Griffin FBI, Book 2

Publisher: Altered Path

Released: Sep. 16, 2020

Genre: Thriller

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The Girl in Cabin 13 Audiobook Tour – Review & Author Q&A

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Author: A.J. Rivers

Narrator: Claire Duncan

Length: 7 hours and 32 minutes

Series: Emma Griffin FBI, Book 1

Publisher: Altered Path

Released: Aug. 15, 2020

Genre: Thriller

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Hawthorn Woods Review

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About the Book

Summer, 1989. Reeling from a catastrophic divorce she just can’t seem to leave behind, Francine Haddix flees San Francisco for a two-week stay at her sister’s house in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois. The quaint neighborhood of shady trees and friendly neighbors seems like the perfect place to sort through her pain and finally move on with her life—but the tranquility doesn’t last long.

Beginning with a complete stranger throwing a drink in her face at her own welcome party, Francine soon discovers the supposedly idyllic suburb is hiding a disturbing number of mysteries. Why is the handsome-ish guy next door lying about who he is? What’s hidden in the back of the teenage troublemaker’s shed? Who wrote a threatening message in blood? Which of the smiling neighbors has a secret they’d kill to keep?

Seeking to reclaim a natural passion for sleuthing numbed by her divorce, Francine rewrites her prescription from one of relaxation to one of investigation. If she can detect the lies, follow the clues, and remember how to trust herself, she might get to the bottom of what’s so very wrong in Hawthorn Woods. She might even be able to believe the future can be good again—assuming she lives long enough to be in it.


Welcome to the 80s! I’m so in love with this book being set in the 80s because honestly, some of my favorite music and movies came from this time period! And then there’s the fashion! I mean, it was wild and out there but still so so amazing! So add a thriller to this setting and it’s basically the perfect spooky season read!

So, since this is a mystery/thriller I don’t want to get into the plot AT ALL. So, basically: there’s some twists and turns, the characters are all engaging and important to the story, and there are a few *gasp* moments. Out main character, Francine, is going through a difficult time in life and uses her hunt for the “who-done-it” as a sort of prescription from the thoughts clouding her mind (which is relatable after dealing with COVID for so long). As she puts her all into the mysteries of this neighborhood we learn that there is much more than meets the eye to our characters and there are some shocking things occurring amongst the neighbors.

With a wonderful setting and lot of shocks, Hawthorn Woods is an AMAZING read! It gave me all the eighties feels and I literally couldn’t put the book down. I’m sometimes a little iffy with thrillers, but this one had my attention from the start and the added mystery really pulled me in. There was just so much action and underlying secrets that you cannot help but become invested in this small community.

About the Author

PATRICK CANNING is the author of three novels, including Cryptofauna (2018), The Colonel and the Bee(2018), and his latest, Hawthorn Woods (2020). He has also published several short stories. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys playing beach volleyball, following space exploration, and losing at bar trivia. Some of his favorite authors include Bill Watterson, Liane Moriarty, David Foster Wallace, Stephen King, and Kurt Vonnegut.

Patrick lives in Los Angeles with his Australian Shepherd, Hank, who some consider to be the greatest dog of all time.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*