Friday, September 25, 2015

Maggie's Turn Soon to Hit Shelves at Walmart

Hi all,

I am so excited to share with you that paperback copies of my novel Maggie's Turn have been selected to be placed in 1400 Walmart stores across the country. Thanks to my amazing team at Lake Union Publishing, this next milestone has been made possible. My readers who have bought, read, and reviewed Maggie's Turn have also made this exciting new venture possible.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited when I heard the news. I practically screamed with delight - just ask my husband who was the first person I called to tell the exciting news to. I already felt honored that Maggie's Turn was doing so well on Amazon in Kindle format. This is just the icing on the cake.

Maggie's Turn will hit the shelves at selected Walmart stores on October 20th. At that time, I'll run a contest to see how many people can find my book at their Walmart - so keep an eye out for my contest post around that date.

I can't wait!!!


Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Review: Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Hi all,

I'm afraid I've been slow with my reading lately. I have so many books on my iPad/Kindle that I want to read and so little time to do it. But I did finally finish this interesting novel, Crooked Little Lies, and I wanted to share my review with you.
I chose Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel to read from NetGalley for two reasons: the interesting cover and the description. I was not disappointed. Here is more about this novel and my review.

Crooked Little Lies

Barbara Taylor Sissel

Book Description:

On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instincts—and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she’s responsible. Lauren is terrified, not of what she remembers but of what she doesn’t.

Unable to trust herself and unwilling to trust anyone else, Lauren begins her own investigation into the mystery of Bo’s disappearance. But the truth can prove to be as shocking as any lie, and as Lauren exposes each one, from her family, from her friends, she isn’t the only one who will face heart-stopping repercussions.

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My 5 Star Review:

Lauren Wilder nearly hits Bo Laughlin with her car and stops to make sure he is okay. The special needs adult says he is fine, then shows her a roll of money he has in his pocket. As she drives away, she is concerned for Bo’s safety, and calls the police for a welfare check on the young man. A few days later, Bo is missing. Because of Lauren’s shaky memory from a head injury, she begins to wonder if she is wrong about seeing Bo. Or maybe something happened that she doesn’t remember. Unfortunately, the police are wondering the same thing. As Lauren tries to unravel what happened to Bo, the truth begins to show itself, and facing it is the hardest thing she has ever done.

Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel is a drama/suspense novel that will keep you wondering until the very end. We meet an interesting cast of characters between Bo’s family and Lauren’s family, and get to know them intimately. As each chapter unfolds, you become more drawn into the story so that by the time you are half-way through, you don’t want to put it down. And the ending will surprise you. I highly recommend Crooked Little Lies.


About the Author:

Barbara Taylor Sissel writes issue oriented, upmarket women's fiction that is threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime affects the family. She is the author of five novels, SAFEKEEPING, EVIDENCE OF LIFE, THE VOLUNTEER, THE NINTH STEP AND THE LAST INNOCENT HOUR.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was raised in various locations across the US and once lived on the grounds of a first offender prison facility, where her husband was a deputy warden. The experience, interacting with the inmates and staff, provided a unique insight into the inmate's lives, the circumstances behind the crimes they committed, and the impact on the families that were affected. Her novels focus on the family at the heart of the crime.

An avid gardener, Barbara has two sons and lives on a farm in the Texas Hill Country, outside Austin.