Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Mirror Sisters - Spotlight

Idgie Says:
The V.C. Andrews brand continues to churn out books in the style of V.C. Andrews.  Close to the original style, but not spot on, they delve into the underbelly of human yearnings and actions.


V.C. Andrews
October 25, 2016
Pocket Books

The Mirror Sisters
From the legendary New York Times bestselling author of The Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina series comes the first book in a new series featuring identical twin sisters made to act, look, and feel truly identical by their perfectionist mother.

Alike in every way... with one dark exception.

As identical twins, their mother insists that everything about them be identical: their clothes, their toys, their friends... the number of letters in their names, Haylee Blossom Fitzgerald and Kaylee Blossom Fitzgerald. If one gets a hug, the other must, too. If one gets punished, the other must be, too.

Homeschooled at an early age, when the girls attend a real high school they find little ways to highlight the differences between them. But when Haylee runs headfirst into the dating scene, both sisters are thrust into a world their mother never prepared them for—causing one twin to pursue the ultimate independence. The one difference between the two girls may spell the difference between life... and a fate worse than death.

Written with the taboo-breaking, gothic atmosphere that V.C. Andrews is loved for, The Mirror Sisters is the latest in her long line of spellbinding novels about mysterious families and tormented love.

PREVIEW: Whitefern includes the prologue and chapter 1 from The Mirror Sisters.

A Lowcountry Christmas - Spotlight

Idgie Says:
Mary Alice Monroe writes lovely stories filled with emotion and family.  This story delves into a young boy's need to feel noticed and important in a family overwhelmed by his older brother's return from war, and all that comes along with this emotional event.  

I'm sure you'll tear up a little while reading it, but eventually you'll smile through those tears. 


Mary Alice Monroe
Gallery Books
October 25, 2016
Book 5 of the Lowcountry Summer Series

A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds.

As far as ten-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it’s the worst Christmas ever. His father’s shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told they can’t afford the dog he desperately wants. “Your brother’s return from war is our family’s gift,” his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, family strains darken the holidays.

Then Taylor’s service dog arrives—a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor. His brother even got the dog! When Miller goes out on Christmas Eve with his father’s axe, determined to get his family the tree they can't afford, he takes the dog for company—but accidentally winds up lost in the wild forest. The splintered family must come together to rediscover their strengths, family bond, and the true meaning of Christmas.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Bury the Living - Spotlight

 Bury the Living (The Revolutionary Series Book 1)
September 2016
About Bury the Living

“McIsaac puts plenty of history and a little fantasy and romance into this entertaining time travel tale. McIsaac has an undeniable talent for immersing the reader in the plight of the Irish in the 1920s, at the height of the Irish Civil War. Comparisons to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series are inevitable.” —Publishers Weekly

Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.

When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back eighty years—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war. There she meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage to change it.

About Jodi McIsaac

Jodi McIsaac is the author of several novels, including A Cure for Madness and the Thin Veil Series. She grew up in New Brunswick, on Canada’s east coast. After abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote
speeches for a politician, volunteered in a refugee camp, waited tables in Belfast, earned a couple of university degrees, and started a boutique copywriting agency. She loves running, geek culture, and whiskey.

Twitter: @jodimcisaac

Friday, October 21, 2016

Poisonfeather - Spotlight and Excerpt

Poisonfeather (The Gibson Vaughn Series Book 2)

Thomas & Mercer
October 4, 2016

Gibson Vaughn, hero of the bestselling novel The Short Drop, returns in a smoldering thriller.

When jailed billionaire Charles Merrick hints publicly that he has stashed a fortune in an offshore cache, a school of sharks converges upon his release from federal prison.

Among his swindled victims is Judge Hammond Birk, the man who saved Gibson Vaughn’s life when he was a troubled teenager. Now Gibson intends to repay that debt by recovering Merrick’s victims’ money.

But Gibson isn’t the only one on the trail of the hidden fortune.

The promise of billions has drawn a horde of ruthless treasure hunters, including an edgy ex-con, a female bartender with a mysterious history, a Chinese spy with a passion for fly-fishing, and a veritable army of hardened mercenaries. To stay ahead of the sharks and win justice for his mentor, Gibson will need all his formidable skills. But at the end of the road, he’ll still have to face “Poisonfeather”—a geopolitical secret that just might get Gibson killed…or worse.

About Matthew FitzSimmons

Matthew FitzSimmons was born in Illinois and grew up in London. He now lives in Washington, DC, where he taught English literature and theater at a private high school for more than a decade. Poisonfeather is his second novel.

Website: http://matthewfitzsimmons.com/

Twitter: @MatthewFitz_1

About Poisonfeather

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Devil's Work - Spotlight

 Idgie Says: 
Apparently there are TWO plot twists in this book.  If you like suspense, this is a book for you!


About the book: 

Thomas & Mercer
September, 2016

It was the job Sophie Greenwood had dreamed of since childhood: working for iconic children’s publisher Jackdaw Books in marketing. After years out of the workforce to have her daughter, Sophie can’t wait to get back in and hopefully mend her strained relationship with her unemployed husband. But on the very first day, an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie would rather forget, and she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake.
A mouse nailed to the front door. A stranger following her home in the shadows. Unexplainable whispers in the office late at night.
A series of disturbing events lead Sophie to think someone is out to get her, and as her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must confront dark secrets from the past and race to uncover the truth about her new job… before it kills her. What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie’s predecessor?
A Q&A with Mark Edwards, Author of The Devil's Work

As a six word story, explain what The Devil’s Work is about?

Dream job becomes a terrifying nightmare.

(My original pitch was 'The Devil Wears Prada rewritten by Stephen King’ but that’s eight words!)

As opposed to other types of fiction, what do you think the is appeal of psychological thrillers?

Psychological thrillers are hot right now because readers want to connect with stories in which they can imagine themselves. Marriage, relationships with friends and children, co-workers and lovers…Psychological thriller writers take ordinary situations and add a layer of fear and darkness – from the toxic marriage in Gone Girl to the everyday voyeur in Girl on the Train, readers like those familiar situations and characters and thinking about what they would do if it were them. I think it’s a reaction to the Dan Brown years, which were followed by the Stieg Larsson-fuelled Scandinavian noir period – we’ve gone from worldwide conspiracy theories and outlandish situations to what is now called domestic noir. It’s not new but it’s never been more popular.

How do you come up with the idea for a great plot twist? No spoilers since there is a great one in The Devil’s Work!

I am what is called a ‘pantser’ – I make up my books as I go along rather than plotting them meticulously first. This means that my twists don’t usually arrive until I reach that point in the book. I frequently change my mind too. There are two big twists in The Devil’s Work. The first was planned from early on but with the final twist, I changed my mind at the last minute. It’s a risky but exciting way of working. If I can surprise myself I can definitely surprise readers. The hard part is then going back and making sure it all fits together.

A character in The Devil’s Work gets into trouble because of social media--do you think social media is a positive part of our zeitgeist or negative?
I confess to being a social media addict – mostly Facebook and Twitter. As a writer, I love how social media allows writers to connect with readers. I have a very active Facebook page (facebook.com/markedwardsbooks) and spend a lot of time engaging with readers and answering questions. It’s also fantastic for meeting other writers. If I go to a festival I feel like I know everyone because we’ve chatted so much online. And, of course, it’s great for keeping in touch with people you rarely see in real life.

I can see the negatives too. Fortunately, I have never been the victim of trolls and haven’t been publically shamed because of something I did or said. Some of the abuse that happens on Twitter is horrific. I also have an allergy to mobs – I can’t bear it when a swarm of self-righteous moral guardians attack individuals because they have made a mistake or said something controversial. It’s led to a culture where many people are afraid to speak freely – and led to the rise of professional agitators who make a living out of winding other people up by saying outrageous things.

In your bio, you say that you devour TV show box sets--do you like them because you can binge or because of all the special features?

When I say box sets I mean streaming via Netflix or via Amazon. But yes, I hate having to wait. I have watched The Walking Dead week-by-week, series-by-series, over the last six or seven years and it’s agony having to wait between each episode. Having said that, it does make it feel more special…in a world where everything is available instantly, it’s nice to feel that sense of anticipation and excitement.

What TV shows would you recommend?

Like everyone else I know, I’ve just finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix. I loved all the Spielberg and King references. The cast, especially the kids, was amazing. I think Millie Brown, who played Eleven, is like the reincarnation of River Phoenix.

I’ve also just watched The Girlfriend Experience, which was chilly and unsettling with an insane final episode. They really pushed the boundaries of what you can show on TV, and I loved how it kept switching tracks so you never knew what to expect.

The best crime thriller I’ve seen recently is the Swedish/Danish series, The Bridge, which is just sublime. Saga, the central character who might have Asperger’s, is a wonderful creation. I also loved The Fall, a serial killer drama set in Belfast, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. It’s terrifying and stylish.

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Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which terrifying things happen to ordinary people. His first solo novel, The Magpies (2013), reached the No.1 spot on Amazon UK as did his third novel Because She Loves Me (2014). He has also co-written various crime novels with Louise Voss such as Killing Cupid (2011) and The Blissfully Dead (2015).

Mark grew up on the south coast of England and starting writing in his twenties while working in a number of dead-end jobs. He lived in Tokyo for a year before returning to the UK and starting a career in marketing. As well as a full-time writer, Mark is a stay at home dad for his three children, his wife and a ginger cat.