Monday, October 22, 2018

Every Little Secret - Review, Trailer and Video Interview

Idgie Says:
I tore through this book in a weekend!  The only reason it took the entire weekend was apparently I did need to eat, sleep and communicate with family members. 

The novel hops back and forth in time between current day, a week ago, a year ago and to Daphne's youth.  Slowly you start to learn the secrets that are dangled teasingly in front of you throughout the book.

I can't say much about the story without giving away plot, but imagine if you had a great life with a perfect man and in the space of a few days you begin to realize that you may be very, very wrong about things.

This is a fast paced psychological suspense read with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes and eager for the next page.


Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2018)

Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancĂ©, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.

The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.

One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems—and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Seven Days of Us - Now in Paperback


  Berkley Paperback Reprint; October 16, 2018


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Little Shop of Found Things - Spotlight and Excerpt

St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250072436
320 Pages 

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance guaranteed to enchant in The Little Shop of Found Things, the first book in a new continuing series.

An antique shop haunted by a ghost.
A silver treasure with an injustice in its story.
An adventure to the past she’ll never forget.

Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. When she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.

It is while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century where it has its origins. She discovers there is an injustice in its history. The spirit that inhabits her new home confronts her and charges her with saving her daughter’s life, threatening to take Flora’s if she fails.

While Xanthe fights to save the girl amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Open Your Eyes - Review

Idgie Says:
This novel is an interesting tale of writing, succeeding and sabotage in the world of publishing.  

When Leon is accosted in his driveway and suffers a severe head injury that leaves him unable to work, Jane starts to discover many things about her husband, including the fact that they are broke as he never turned in his last book to his agent.  A book he told her was already finished and in the publisher's hands.

I will admit that I found the ending weak, something you can judge for yourself, but the peeks into the world of publishing can be very interesting for those that don't already live in it.


Open Your Eyes
Paula Daly

Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything’s perfectly fine? Jane Campbell avoids confrontation at all costs. Given the choice, she’ll always let her husband, Leon―a bestselling thriller author―fight their battles. She’d prefer to focus on the good things in life: precious days with her two young children, a steady and loving marriage, their mischievously playful cat Bonita, and her fulfilling job as a creative writing teacher. In Jane’s eyes, life is altogether sweeter than any individual bump in the road.

But when Leon suffers a brutal attack in the driveway of their home, in front of their children, Jane has to finally face reality. Who would commit such a hateful offense in broad daylight? Leon has imagined his fair share of crime on the page, and now this unthinkable violence has landed on the Campbell family doorstep. With her husband in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, as well as the secrets that have been kept from her. Although she might not like what she sees, if she’s committed to discovering who hurt her husband―and why―Jane needs to take matters into her own hands.

A surprising and gripping thriller of literary ambition and envy, from acclaimed novelist Paula Daly, Open Your Eyes exposes an ordinary suburban family to a shocking act of revenge that irreparably changes their lives.

Grove Press
Grove Atlantic
October 9, 2018