Killing Your Darling Characters—and a Giveaway!

Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Killer in the Band is the third installment in the Lovers in Crime Mystery series.

In addition to her series set in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, Lauren Carr has also written the Mac Faraday Mysteries, set on Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland, and the Thorny Rose Mysteries, set in Washington DC. The second installment in the Thorny Rose Mysteries, which features Joshua Thornton’s son Murphy and Jessica Faraday, Mac’s daughter, A Fine Year for Murder, was released in January 2017. The next book, Twofer Murder, will be released at the end of the year.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. Visit Lauren Carr’s website at http://www.mysterylady.net to learn more about Lauren and her upcoming mysteries.

“Kill your darlings.”

Most writers have heard of the phrase ‘to kill your darlings,’ and with practice become very familiar with its meaning. This phrase was originally spoken by William Faulkner who said ‘in writing you must kill all your darlings.’

In writing, a darling are those phrases, scenes, or even subplots, that the writer loves the most, but which fail to move the story forward. Over the years, I have become so adapt at recognizing my darlings that I can pick them out as I am creating them. However, it is only recently that I have come to realize that a darling can also be a character who needs to be killed off.

Several years ago, a journalist asked why I regularly killed off my male protagonists’ wives. My response was a dropped jaw and some stammering until I came up with a lame, “Well, I like for my protagonists to be available for romance.”

It was after this interview that I wrote It’s Murder, My Son, the first installment in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. A few months ago, I found the very first draft of this book in some old folders on my laptop and read through it. I was shocked to realize that the very first draft of this book was nothing like the final release—mainly due to killing off one of my darling characters.

In its final form, Mac Faraday is newly divorced when he moves to Spencer, Maryland. After twenty years of marriage, Mac’s wife leaves him for another man. He ends up with their maxed out credit cards. On the day that their divorce becomes final, Mac inherits a fortune from his birth mother, Robin Spencer, the American version of Agatha Christie, and her estate on Deep Creek Lake.

In the first draft, best-selling mystery author Robin Spencer was Mac Faraday’s wife. As with the final product, Mac was a retired homicide detective.

The Faradays had a loving marriage and lively banter between them. They even had a German shepherd, but his name was not Gnarly. He was well behaved and played no role in solving the mystery.

So, you may ask, why did I kill Robin Spencer off? Is there some deep-seated hatred I have toward wives of my protagonists that makes me want to kill them?

As I read through this first draft, years after having written it, the answer came to me halfway through the book. In life, Robin Spencer failed to move the plot forward. While she started out well in the mystery, by the middle of the book she became the adoring wife telling Mac how smart he was.

This reminded me of an interview I saw with Pamela Sue Martin back in the late 70s. There was a television series called The Nancy Drew Mysteries, which alternated with The Hardy Boy Mysteries. Pamela Sue Martin portrayed Nancy Drew for the first two years. Then, the powers that be decided to combine the two shows into one, with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys solving the mysteries together. Pamela Sue Martin quit—forcing producers to hire another actor to play Nancy Drew.

In an interview, the host asked Pamela Sue Martin why she quit what was a successful television show. Her reply was that she did not want to play a character who was reduced down to saying, “You go catch the bad guy. I’ll call the police.”

Reading this first draft of It’s Murder, My Son, I saw that in life, Robin Spencer was reduced down to little more than that. “Here’s all the clues, Mac. You go catch the bad guy and I’ll have soup and sandwiches waiting for you when you get home.”

So, I did what every good writer does. I killed her off.

In the final release, Robin Spencer is Mac Faraday’s late birth mother. Robin had been an unwed teenager when she had Mac and had given him up for adoption. Upon her death, she left her entire estate to the homicide detective, which included her mansion in Deep Creek Lake, a five-star inn on top of Spencer Mountain, and her journal through which Mac and his family learn exciting tidbits about the mystery author’s life.

So, it is with a sigh of relief that I have realized that I do not have a subconscious issue with my protagonists being romantically attached, which forces me to kill off their mates. By killing off my darling character, Robin Spencer, I gave her new life—a more rewarding role in the Mac Faraday mysteries.

Whew! What a relief!

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Book Reviews: It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell and The Devil’s Cold Dish by Eleanor Kuhns

It’s Always the Husband
Michele Campbell
St. Martin’s Press, May 2017
ISBN 978-1-250-08180-3
Hardcover

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Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, despite being as different as three women can be. Kate was beautiful, wild, wealthy, and damaged. Aubrey, on financial aid, came from a broken home, and wanted more than anything to distance herself from her past. And Jenny was a striver―brilliant, ambitious, and determined to succeed. As an unlikely friendship formed, the three of them swore they would always be there for each other.

But twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge, and someone is urging her to jump.

How did it come to this?

Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door. But how can these three women love and hate each other? Can feelings this strong lead to murder? When one of them dies under mysterious circumstances, will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

I’m kind of conflicted about this book because, while I think the story of these women’s friendship is interesting, I can’t say I actually liked them or the police chief very much. As college students, they seemed like an oddly matched trio and they aren’t really any more compatible as they get older. It’s all just a little sad in a way and, although it’s true I didn’t connect emotionally with any of the three, I was still compelled to keep reading.

The first section drags a bit or perhaps it would be fairer to say that the pacing is on the slow side, deliberately so, and that makes the contrast with the second section even more noticeable. That second section is when I began to pay attention and wanted to know what would eventually happen but I still couldn’t find much in any of these women to care about. Kate in particular is an enigma or, rather, everyone’s near adoration of her is the enigma as she is one of the most unpleasant, better-than-thou people you can imagine.

An awful event in their younger years cements their connection to each other and that secret from the past has deadly implications in the present. This is the interesting part, getting bits and pieces from earlier years that begin to come together now, but it doesn’t quite make up for my dislike of these people. All in all, this is not a book I was crazy about.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, June 2017.

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The Devil’s Cold Dish
Will Rees Mysteries #5
Eleanor Kuhns
Minotaur Books, June 2016
ISBN 978-1-250-09335-6
Hardcover

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Will Rees is back home on his farm in 1796 Maine with his teenage son, his pregnant wife, their five adopted children, and endless farm work under the blistering summer sun. But for all that, Rees is happy to have returned to Dugard, Maine, the town where he was born and raised, and where he’s always felt at home. Until now. When a man is found dead – murdered – after getting into a public dispute with Rees, Rees starts to realize someone is intentionally trying to pin the murder on him. Then, his farm is attacked, his wife is accused of witchcraft, and a second body is found that points to the Rees family. Rees can feel the town of Dugard turning against him, and he knows that he and his family won’t be safe there unless he can find the murderer and reveal the truth…before the murderer gets to him first.

There’s a special place in my reading heart for historical mysteries and I especially like the 17th and 18th centuries in America so this book was sort of calling my name. Happily, I was not the least bit disappointed.

Rees and his family don’t have an easy life on the farm and relations with his sister and his son are very strained but they’re basically content and Will is happy to be back home in Dugard. The politics of the time cause arguments among the townspeople and Will is frequently right in the midst of the fracas but he’s not really prepared for the physical fight he has with an old friend, Mac McIntyre. When another man, Zadoc Ward, is murdered, Constable Caldwell invites Will to come along to see the body.  It’s during his investigation with Caldwell that Will becomes aware of a certain animosity in the community towards him, much stronger than he had thought, but this murder is only the beginning of the attacks on the Rees family.

Ms. Kuhns has a real grasp on this time period and the nuances of the lives of people who experienced the Revolution and its aftermath. Her research is obviously extensive but it doesn’t stilt her writing at all and I could really envision the setting, the times and the people. Not everyone can write historical fiction well but this author certainly does and now I need to reward myself with the previous books in this series.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, June 2017.

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Book Review: The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes—and a Giveaway!

The One That Got Away
Leigh Himes
Hachette Books, June 2017
ISBN 978-0-316-30570-9
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

Meet Abbey Lahey . . .

Overworked mom. Underappreciated publicist. Frazzled wife of an out-of-work landscaper. A woman desperately in need of a vacation from life–and who is about to get one, thanks to an unexpected tumble down a Nordstrom escalator.

Meet Abbey van Holt . . .

The woman whose life Abbey suddenly finds herself inhabiting when she wakes up. Married to handsome congressional candidate Alex van Holt. Living in a lavish penthouse. Wearing ball gowns and being feted by the crème of Philadelphia society. Luxuriating in the kind of fourteen-karat lifestyle she’s only read about in the pages of Town & Country.

The woman Abbey might have been . . . if she had said yes to a date with Alex van Holt all those years ago.

In the tradition of the romantic comedy Sliding Doors and Lionel Shriver’s The Post-Birthday World, Leigh Himes’s irresistible debut novel tells the funny and touching story of an ordinary woman offered an extraordinary opportunity to reboot her life, explore the road not taken, and ultimately, find her true self–whoever that may be.

I confess, the description of this book reminds me of a Hallmark movie (I’m addicted to those things) that came out a few Christmases ago. I don’t remember the name of it but the mom in the story finds herself in the life she might have had if she’d married the other guy. Come to think of it, Hallmark has used that theme more than once but the point is, I liked the movie and thought I’d like this book, too.

And I did, with reservations.

Abbey is a likeable woman, largely because of how she stumbles her way through this new reality/fantasy. She’s funny and inventive and determined to learn how to live the high life. This is definitely a “the grass is greener on the other side” scenario and, as you might expect, the new experience of being part of the social elite of Philadelphia and married to a politician kind of overwhelms Abbey, not to mention the shock of waking up in this fantasy. On the other hand, Abbey did irritate me with her too easy acceptance of the change and the shallowness that creeps out but I also empathized with her dissatisfaction and frustrations with her old life.

I sound conflicted, don’t I? I guess I am, actually, maybe because I too have that question, the what if syndrome. Not constantly, of course, but it’s there, lingering in the background even though I’m pretty well satisfied with the way my life has gone so far. And since I’m unlikely to ever wake up in a different life, it was fun to watch Abbey go through her rebirth, so to speak. There are a lot of books and movies that tackle this premise and The One That Got Away ranks right up there with the most entertaining.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, June 2017.

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About the Author

Author Leigh Himes has spent fourteen years working in the public relations field. Born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, she now lives just outside of Philadelphia with her husband and their two children. This is her first book.

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“An enchanting novel about the choices we make in life and
love–by turns hilarious, poignant, and nostalgic. Himes’s novel
will make you revisit all the “what ifs” you’ve ever contemplated,
from fleeting encounters to almost-weddings . . . a lively debut
that will strike a chord in anyone with a romantic past.”
Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook and See Me

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Write About What You Know

Helen Dunn Frame, formerly a commercial real estate broker in the Dallas/Fort-Worth Metroplex specializing in retail and restaurants, developed professional writing skills. In addition, living in England, Germany, and Costa Rica, and her love of travel (in 50 countries where she gained an appreciation of the value of diverse cultures) have provided background for books, blogs, and articles.

Helen wove many threads of her experiences into the fabric of Greek Ghosts followed by the second in the mystery series, Wetumpka Widow. Living in Dallas during a major scandal resulted in Secrets Behind the Big Pencil. In a third edition this year, Helen advises Baby Boomers in her book about Retiring in Costa Rica or Doctors, Dogs and Pura Vida. It features a new chapter, Retirement 101, which is also a booklet available on Kindle. Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/helendunnframe.com

As a graduate of Syracuse University (Journalism School), and New York University (Master’s Degree in Sociology/Anthropology), major newspapers and magazines as well as trade publications in the United States, Costa Rica, England, and Germany have published her writing. She has edited newsletters, published a newspaper, edited other author’s books, created business proposals for clients, and spoken to groups.

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Helen Dunn Frame, whom I had the benefit of having on my writing team at Inkwell Newswatch, and for whom I have consequently had the privilege of proofreading her work, is an enormously talented writer. She’s flexible, professional, and very thorough in every writing assignment; whether it was from other sources, her own books, or me. She’s definitely a top notch writer with the desire to perform beyond the call of a “normal” writer. Rowdy Rhodes

Years ago when I decided to write my first book after a lifetime of writing articles, columns, and editing newsletters, it occurred to me that it might be better to write fiction rather than base a novel on an actual event. I felt I would want to adhere to the truth of what happened too closely as I had written non-fiction since Journalism School. Instead, it became an opportunity to incorporate fantasy as well as actual experiences from my adventures in fifty countries plus the United States of America that would make the descriptions more real. Alliterating the titles would add a bit of whimsy to my brand.

Once I had decided on fiction, in which country would I set the initial scenes? During 1999 before the currency became Euros, an elderly Greek friend convinced me to visit Leros, an island in Greece where she spent summers every year. Having been to Greece four times before, I realized a character could relive some of my adventures there and elsewhere. For example, she could experience a mystical feeling I felt while sitting on the ruins of Helena’s Temple in Olympia. I still get chills when I recall it.

Leros gave me a different perspective about Greece. My Greek friend introduced me to Bungalows Boulafendis, a real hotel in Alinda where I stayed that I have permission to name. She also helped me to get on the small aircraft the morning I arrived in Athens in the wee hours after an airline representative refused to book me on that flight. Yet we flew with empty seats. When the plane changed course to land on a very short runway adjacent to an inlet, and next to a tiny terminal, I began to wonder about my destination. It certainly did not resemble the picture postcards of Greece I knew.

During the week I spent on the island, despite high winds that grounded planes and docked boats, I would walk many kilometers. On one of my several forays into Aghia Marina from Alinda, I noticed a house high up on the edge of a cliff that overlooked a small cove where the waves lashed up against the stonewall built along the curving roadway. Don’t most novels, at least gothics with a female in trouble, have a house in it?

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The next morning I bundled up because it was still cool in the early hours in May, carried a tray with a continental breakfast on it out onto my balcony, and started putting my fantasies about the house on a yellow-paper pad using shorthand and cursive. No gizmos then like now.

After I returned home, I took my photo album about my trip to my Greek friend’s home. She looked at the picture of the house and expressed surprise that I had photographed it. “Do you know that this house was built by Egyptian Greeks?”

“No. No one on Leros knew I had noticed the house.”

“It’s now owned by foreigners.”

“Really?”

“Yes. Germans. The man owns an international house painting company. That house is larger than it appears and, it has a basement.”

From my imagination as I wrote on the balcony, I had given the house these characteristics except the foreigner’s business was an international travel agency. I called the first mystery in the series Greek Ghosts to reflect a number of the characters in the book.

A year later when my son died unexpectedly, I asked myself, “What does a mother do when she outlives her son and her same elderly Greek friend senses his widow may have a played a role in his death?” Whether true or not if you are a writer, you write a novel.

The same sleuths from Greek Ghosts began to come alive once more in the second mystery. At the time, I was working two jobs, grieving, and dealing with other situations. During a vacation in Montgomery, my friends took me to Wetumpka, a nearby town I had discovered online. Seeing the rapids clinched my belief that it was the place to start the book which I called Wetumpka Widow, Murder for Wealth.

Beyond researching Wetumpka and incorporating perceived circumstances surrounding my son’s death, I investigated the murder of my daughter-in-law’s first husband. Information garnered from newspaper clippings inspired one of the other husbands in the book. The third spouse was developed from a ficticious Greek family that opened a branch of its business in San Diego. Animal lovers beware, as part of the logical development of the plot the widow brought home a large black Labrador named Sam. She poisons him when testing a poison-laced tuna salad to be sure it will kill her current husband.

In 2005 I moved to Costa Rica on my own. After settling into my new adventure, writing books and articles and editing others’ creations became my modus operandi. As Wetumpka Widow’s complicated story continued to evolve from several viewpoints it provided the added benefit of keeping my brain active. The final result was an epic story fired by greed, manipulation, murder, romance, and sex.

As I begin the third book in the series that will take place in England, I will remind myself: Write about what you know or from the inspirations the Greek muse on your shoulder whispers.

    

Knowing the cover is the first point of sale, the designer
created a new cover for Greek Ghosts similar to that of
Wetumpka Widow, thus identifying it as a series.

Other Books Written by Helen Dunn Frame: 

         

Retiring in Costa Rica or Doctors, Dogs and Pura Vida (Third Edition).

Find Retirement 101, the first chapter in the current version, on Kindle.

Secrets Behind the Big Pencil, Inspired by an Actual Scandal.

 

Book Review: Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty

Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly
A Detective Sean Duffy Novel #6
Adrian McKinty
Seventh Street Books, March 2017
ISBN 978-1-63388-259-1
Trade Paperback

A man is found dead in front of his home killed with a crossbow—not exactly your run-of-the-mill murder weapon. When Sean Duffy  arrives at the scene of the crime, it had not been secured. Onlookers were milling around, trampling evidence,  including a goat that was trying to eat the victim’s shoelaces. When Duffy asks after his partner, he discovers that the victim’s wife, Mrs. Deauville, a Bulgarian, stabbed Sergeant McCrabben with a fork, and he’s been taken to the hospital. Was the late Mr. Deauville  a new drug dealer trying to break into the scene?

Duffy discovers that there had another attempted murder with a crossbow. The popular theory among the police is that the Catholic and Protestant paramilitaries, who divided up Belfast’s drug trade during the 1980s, are having some sort of turf war.

Set in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, there are plenty of mean streets, housing projects, gritty atmosphere, and Catholic/Protestant tensions pulsing through the story. Even Duffy’s home life is tense—his partner Beth is from a well-to-do Protestant family—and now that they have an infant daughter, things aren’t the same. Beth is researching her thesis, and feels pressured.

A great setting, sympathetic characters and a plot with plenty of surprises combine for an entertaining read.  Sixth in the series.

Reviewed by Susan Belsky, May 2017.

Book Review: Solitude by Dean M. Cole

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Title: Solitude
Series: Dimension Space Book 1

Author: Dean M. Cole
Narrators: R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan
Publication Date: April 3, 2017

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Solitude
Dimension Space Book 1
Dean M. Cole
Narrated by R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan
CANDTOR Press, April 2017
Downloaded Unabridged Audiobook

From the publisher—

Earth’s last man discovers that the last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. If you like action-packed novels, you’ll love the electrifying action in this apocalyptic thriller.

Can humanity’s last two unite?

Separated by the gulf of space, the last man and woman of the human race struggle against astronomical odds to survive and unite.

Army Aviator Vaughn Singleton is a highly intelligent, lazy man. After a last-ditch effort to reignite his failing military career ends horribly, Vaughn becomes the only human left on Earth.

Stranded alone on the International Space Station, Commander Angela Brown watches an odd wave of light sweep across the planet. Over the next weeks and then months, Angela struggles to contact someone on the surface, but as she fights to survive aboard a deteriorating space station, the commander glimpses the dark underpinnings of humanity’s demise.

After months alone, Vaughn discovers there is another. Racing against time, he must cross a land ravaged by the consequences of humankind’s sudden departure.

Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela – the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity’s disappearance – survive until he does?

I have to say I expected to like Solitude but I didn’t expect to be so wrapped up in it that I stayed up all night to listen to it. I literally couldn’t sleep till I knew what was going to happen in the next 30 minutes and the next and the next. I’m usually content to play an audiobook while I’m in the car running errands and then again the next time I go out but that was not going to happen with this one.

There’s not a lot I can say without running afoul of spoilers so I’ll just hit the high points. Solitude has been compared to a few movies, The MartianGravity and I Am Legend, the latter because of the last man aspect, not because of the vampires. The comparisons are not illogical but the kicker here is that we have the supposed last man on earth and the stranded astronaut in the same story and that increased the tension a hundredfold.

Another highlight is that, in most post-apocalyptic stories, the few people we care about have to cope with scavengers and killers but, this time, Vaughn knows he’s the last man so he has no worries other than where he’ll find the next bottle of beer and can of beans…and, of course, the knowledge that he’ll probably go crazy with such total aloneness. He’s especially affected by what happened to his mother and his friend, Mark. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Vaughn, Angela is slowly starving to death on the space station and running a hopeless radio loop looking for someone, anyone. Granted, there are quite a few helpful coincidences but, then, that’s true in a lot of science fiction, particularly of the apocalyptic sort.

The structure of this book alternates between Vaughn and Angela and the narrators, as you might expect, do a great job with this. Both R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan have well-deserved excellent reputations as narrators and they most certainly did not disappoint with their clear tones, perfect pacing and their evocation of emotions. They had a great deal to do with my love of this book and my high anticipation of the next one. In the meantime, Solitude is going on my list of favorite books read in 2017.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, June 2017.

About the Author

Author, world traveler, and combat pilot turned commercial helicopter pilot Dean M. Cole writes from locales as remote as Equatorial Guinea and as romantic as Paris’s Champs-Elysées with his trusty sidekick and beautiful wife, Donna. A combat veteran, he flew Apache Attack Helicopters in the US Army’s First Cavalry Division.


License to kill revoked by the government, he traded in his attack helicopter for one of the transport ilk. When not weaving tales of alien apocalypse and redemption, he spends his days flying terrestrial aliens in IFOs (Identified Flying Objects) known as helicopters. No longer authorized to dispatch aliens he settles for dropping them off at oil rigs around the globe.

On the six months of time off his paying job affords, author, biker, and fellow Sci-Fi geek Dean M. Cole travels with his wife, builds airplanes and custom choppers, and writes his next tale of the apocalypse.

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About the Narrators

R.C. Bray

From an early age Audie, Earphones, and SOVAS Voice Arts Award-winning audiobook narrator R.C. Bray despised reading. Truly hated it with a passion.

And audiobooks? Even worse. Those were for people too lazy to read (not to be confused with those like himself who didn’t want to read to begin with).

R.C. eventually got older and wiser (he was always good-looking) and eschewing his capricious convictions fell head-over-heels with reading. Not just to learn words like “eschew” and “capricious” so he could use them in a bio line, but because someone was actually going to give him money to do it.

Note: R.C.’s gorgeous wife and three beautiful children begged him not to make this his official bio. Clearly he misunderstood.

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Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator. She is perhaps most well known for her acting work on ABC’s Once and Again and her award-winning narration of over 200 audiobooks (including Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl). Her debut novel is forthcoming.

After a healthy career as a child actor, Whelan attended Middlebury College and Oxford University, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing.

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Jun. 15th: Avid Book Collector (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Giveaway)

Jun. 16th: Brian’s Book Blog (Review)

Jun. 17th: CGB Blog Tours (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Jun. 18th: The Pursuit of Bookishness (Review)

Jun. 19thThe Bookworm Lodge (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Jun. 20th: Read Day and Night (Review)

Jun. 21st: Shh I Am Reading (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Giveaway)

Jun. 22nd: The Book Addict’s Reviews (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Jun. 23rd: Book Reviews By Jasmine (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Jun. 24th: Lisa Loves Literature (Author Interview & Giveaway)

Jun. 25th: Buried Under Books (Review & Giveaway)

Jun. 26th: Lomeraniel (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Giveaway)

Jun. 27th: Lilly’s Book World (Review)

Jun. 29th: Joshua Gayou (Review, Author Interview)

Jun. 30th: Book Lover’s Life (Review & Giveaway)

Jul. 3rdRonelle Antoinette (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Music Playlist)

Jul. 4thDab of Darkness (Author Interview, Giveaway)

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