Thursday, March 22, 2018

Such Dark Things by Courtney Evan Tate: Review & Author Interview



Dr. Corinne Cabot is living the American dream. She’s a successful ER physician in Chicago who’s married to a handsome husband. Together they live in a charming house in the suburbs. But appearances can be deceiving—and what no one can see is Corinne’s dark past. Troubling gaps in her memory mean she recalls little about a haunting event in her life years ago that changed everything.

She remembers only being in the house the night two people were found murdered. Her father was there, too. Now her father is in prison; she hasn’t been in contact in years. Repressing that terrifying memory has caused Corinne moments of paranoia and panic. Sometimes she thinks she sees things that aren’t there, hears words that haven’t been spoken. Or have they? She fears she may be losing her mind, unable to determine what’s real and what’s not.

So when she senses her husband’s growing distance, she thinks she’s imagining things. She writes her suspicions off to fatigue, overwork, anything to explain what she can’t accept—that her life really isn’t what it seems.

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Michelle's Review:

I have been on a huge psychological thriller kick lately, so when I saw that Courtney Evan Tate, a.k.a. Courtney Cole, was releasing one, I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. I don't think I could be any further from disappointed. Such Dark Things had me consumed, preoccupied, and totally twisted in knots the entire story and I loved it. More than your run of the mill psychological thriller or even your typical suspense, this book is heartache and angst, love and passion, obsession and deception all wrapped up into one.

Each character that is introduced is more intriguing than the last and with an instant appreciation for, and understanding of, both Corinne and Jude from the insight gained from each of their point of views, it is hard not to get sucked in almost instantly and feel a connection to each of them, their relationship, and their story, both individually and shared. It is also hard not to feel the pain Corinne experiences as a result of that night so long ago, not to feel the rush of new and enticing thoughts and experiences, not to feel the hurt and betrayal, and not to feel the ache, anxiety, and confusion as you struggle to put together all the missing pieces alongside Dr. Cabot.

Volleying back and forth between not only past and present, but also Jude and Corinne, Such Dark Things takes you on a true roller coaster ride. While it may, at times, be a bit hard to grasp the events of the story as far as a strict timeline is concerned, it turns out to really be the only way that the story can most effectively be told in order to become privy to all the most important information as readers, as well as see things in the same light as each character does in order to truly understand them and where they are coming from, and, of course, to be thoroughly shocked and appalled when everything finally falls into place and you can see the big picture at long last.

From the beginning, I was hooked on this story, but by at least the halfway point, if not sooner, I could not put it down or stop thinking about it. It has been some time now since I have been so thoroughly consumed by a story that I found myself thinking about it at the most inopportune of times, sneaking a minute here and there whenever possible to get a few more pages in, and even dreaming about it. I had to know what was going to happen next. I had to know where this detail would lead or what would happen after this new piece of information was revealed. I absolutely had to know how it was going to end as quickly as possible.

Taking a hard look at some very serious topics may be hard for some readers, but they are tragedies that many of us may have been faced with and forced to overcome along the way, making this not just a thoroughly engrossing and entertaining novel, but also a very relevant and important one as well. If you are looking for a psychological thriller that will put you through the ringer, have you feeling every moment, and surprise you around every turn, Such Dark Things is just the story for you.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

About the Author:

Courtney Evan Tate is the nom de plume for New York Times bestselling author, Courtney Cole. Courtney Evan Tate is her darker side... the side that explores shadowy places.

Courtney lives in Florida with her husband and kids. She has a passion for raising drug addiction awareness, the Marine Corp (her middle son is a Marine) and being introspective on the human condition.

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Michelle's Interview with Courtney Evan Tate:

I understand the overall theme of Such Dark Things hits close to home for you. Can you explain why this book is near and dear to your heart?

22% of married men, and 14% of married women have admitted to being unfaithful. I suspect that number is even higher. What I can say for certain is that it has happened to me. And it was gutting. I wanted to write a book that showed what it can be like, and how you might survive the emotional aftermath.

Having never been cheated on before, many women usually think either, "This will never happen to me," or "I could never forgive or forget." How did you go about exploring both sides of an affair; the effects of the affair, as well as the reasoning behind it?

I went into it with the knowledge that we never really know what we would do until we are faced with it. MANY people say, “I’d leave immediately”. While you might think this is true, the fact is, you don’t really know what you would do until it is your reality. When you are faced with dissolving a twenty-year marriage because of a one-night fling, or a fifteen-year marriage due to a bad decision. You don’t KNOW what you would do until you’re faced with the actual circumstances of the affair. Nothing is ever just black and white.

What are some of the biggest obstacles faced when deciding to move on or move forward after an affair, and how do you think, it's possible to overcome them?

I feel that the biggest indicator if you can move past an affair is without a doubt--- if the cheating spouse accepts responsibility, and is willing to work on regaining your trust. Without that, it would be a waste of time.

There’s an old adage “Once a cheater, always a cheater.” I don’t believe that’s true. I think that there ARE serial cheaters out there, of course. And those cheaters have no desire to change, because they enjoy it. But I also believe that there are normal men and women out there who find themselves in a perfect storm opportunity, and they perhaps have a moment of weakness, a lapse in judgment, a drunken night, whatever. And they regret it.

In those cases, if they are willing to come clean about everything that happened, and they are willing to work HARD to rebuild all of the trust they destroyed, it can be done.

Personally, I feel it would be hard not to be constantly reminded of the betrayal and not to focus on what he did with her or what he said to her, etc. on a daily basis. If choosing to stay with someone after an affair, how does one move past this?

Make no mistake- it IS hard. Excruciating, in fact. It’s something that you have to look at, and decide—hey—is one night of his life (or one week, or one month—however long the affair lasted) versus fifteen years of a good marriage worth fighting for?

There are MANY times when intrusive thoughts break in—when you play the details of the affair in your head like a movie, over and over. You have to learn to try to guide your thoughts away from the ugliness. You have to make a conscious decision to focus on the NOW, instead of the THEN.

And keep in mind, it’s only possible if your spouse is working hard to repair things. If he/she is doing everything in his/her power to make you feel loved and safe.

I love the phrasing used when you refer to "surviving an affair." I can't think of a better way to put it. Whether you choose to stay or leave after an affair, there is a trauma, a mourning period, and a recovery and, in the end, you survive and move forward, one way or another. What advice do you have for someone during any, or all, of these phases?

My advice is to first and foremost, make sure you do self-care. Remember that you survived an ordeal. You deserve to go easy on yourself. Don’t tell yourself that you’re stupid for not seeing it, or you’re stupid for trusting him. YOU AREN’T. They were hiding it from you on purpose. You trusted your spouse. It does NOT make you stupid that you believed him/her.

Right after it happens, you will feel like you are going to die from the pain. You won’t. I can promise you that. Go one day at a time. Only ask the questions that you truly want the answers to, keep in mind that you can never UNKNOW the answers.

Also, your spouse should be an active part of your recovery. He/She should be doing everything in his/her power to help you believe in your marriage again. If they aren’t, then rethink staying.

 What sort of research or process do you go through when writing a story with characters who have either suffered from a psychological break or have distinct mental issues?

I did SO much research. I spoke with therapists, a psychiatrist, and I interviewed people who have experienced mental breaks and memory disassociation. It has been a fascinating process. The brain is truly an amazing thing—the lengths it goes to to protect us from ourselves.

While I loved the back and forth of present and past tense, it is easy to forget just how the timeline worked and to get mixed up as to what happened when. How did you keep everything straight? Do you plot in a linear fashion and break up from there, or did you just write it as it came to you?

I wrote it as two separate storylines, then went in and meshed them together. It was mind-bending.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Release Recap: March 21st

Missed any of this week's new releases? Check out this quick recap to see what's new!



The River House (Swift River Valley #8) by Carla Neggers: Blog Tour Excerpt


In this charming novel about the search for love, home and family, New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers takes readers on a journey to an irresistible town they’ll want to return to over and over again
Felicity MacGregor loves organizing social events for others but her own personal life is a different story. After a brief but failed attempt at a career as a financial analyst, she returned to Knights Bridge where she enjoys running a thriving party-planning business.

Then Felicity’s life gets a shake-up when her childhood friend Gabriel Flanagan returns unexpectedly to their tiny hometown. Now a high-flying businessman, Gabe always vowed to get out of Knights Bridge, but he is back for the local entrepreneurial boot camp Felicity’s been hired to organize. Together again, they’ll finally have to face each other—and their complicated past.

Gabe and Felicity soon realize their reunion is stirring up long-buried emotions. While Gabe has big plans for his future, Felicity is discovering that hers doesn’t depend on fate—she must choose what’s right for her. But if they can find a bridge between their diverging paths, they may just discover that their enduring connection is what matters most.

Releases: March 27, 2018

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Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sharpe & Donovan series featuring Boston-based FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, and the popular Swift River Valley series set in the small, fictional New England town of Knights Bridge. With many bestsellers to her credit, Carla loves to write now as much as she did when she climbed a tree at age eleven with pad and pen. A native New Englander, Carla and her husband divide their time between their hilltop home in Vermont, a sofa bed at their kids' places in Boston and various inns, hotels and hideaways on their travels, frequently to Ireland. Learn more and sign up for Carla's newsletter at Follow Carla at and

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They walked down the hall to the sunroom and went out that way through sliding glass doors to a trim lawn and garden bursting with summer flowers. It was hot, but they edged onto a shaded, paved walk­way, suitable for canes, walkers and wheelchairs. Gabe noticed his grandfather moved well, if more slowly than just a year ago. “How was California?” he asked.

“Sunny,” Gabe said with a grin.

“You moving out there?”

“I toyed with the idea of relocating there.”

They passed through pine-scented shade. “You could move me out with you. Sun shines all the time. I don’t mind assisted living, but I knew every old lady in this place when we were kids. One more reminds me I wet my pants in first grade and I’m packing up and living in my car.”

Gabe grinned at the old man. “Mark says you have a crush on Daisy Farrell.”

“Wouldn’t do me any good if I did. Daisy was and always will be Tom Farrell’s gal.”

Gabe remembered Tom Farrell, a longtime Knights Bridge fire chief who’d died a couple of years ago. “At least you have friends here.”

“A few old cranks, too, but not many. I’m not as hard on people as I was as a younger man. Getting old isn’t for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure. Thought I’d be in an urn by now.”

Gabe wasn’t surprised by his grandfather’s blunt manner, but he hadn’t had a dose of it in a while. “In­stead you’re here talking to me. Imagine that.”

“Yeah. My hotshot grandson.” He slowed his pace, then paused by a patch of daisies. “You’re going to be an uncle. That change things for you?”

“It’s a factor.”

His grandfather peered at him. “A factor? It’s not like you’re buying a used car and its mileage is a ‘fac­tor.’”

“Well, it would be,” Gabe said lightly. “I didn’t get much sleep last night. Cut me some slack.”

“Ha. You stayed with Felicity MacGregor.” He waved a hand. “Not asking.”

“I sat out by the fire in your old fireplace. Alone.”

His grandfather raised an eyebrow, skeptical.

Gabe grinned. “Mostly alone, but it’s not what you think.” Time to change the subject. “I should stop and see Dad on the way out of town.”

“He’s on his way here. He got wind of a Jane Aus­ten tea party this afternoon and wants to talk me into dressing up as a Regency guy. He doesn’t fit into any of the tights or I swear he’d do it. Say what you will about your father, he’s game for anything.”

“Do you fit into the tights?” Gabe asked, amused.

“It doesn’t matter. I’d never get them off and I’m not asking one of the aides to help me.”

“The sight of you in tights would get all the old la­dies excited.”

“The sight of you in tights would.”

Gabe let that comment slide past him. They re­sumed their walk, the path looping past empty bird­feeders, ready to be filled for winter, back toward the sunroom.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Prophecy (Titan #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: ARC Review


History is on repeat…

Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that's standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them -- without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him -- everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid…

Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best -- and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she's not fighting just for herself -- she's fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled….

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About Jennifer Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Yvette's Review:

*While there are no spoilers in this review, please don’t read if you aren’t caught up with the first three books in The Titan Series.

“ win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made. For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled.”

Did anyone else read these lines in the blurb and get the chills? Because holy foreshadowing! That doesn’t exactly spell sunshine and rainbows for Seth and Josie, and it sure seems like things are going to get worse before they get better. With The Prophecy, Jennifer L. Armentrout brings the Titan Series to an end, though not before giving readers one last roller coaster of a ride packed with action, romance, and a storyline that’ll have your pulse pounding and keep you riveted from start to finish.

Since we last saw Seth and Josie in The Struggle, the world as they know it is essentially going to you know where in a handbasket. Not only are they reeling with the recent knowledge that Josie is pregnant, but Seth is quickly discovering that his act of vengeance against the Titans has severe and dire consequences. Josie and Seth are tasked with entombing the remaining Titans and saving everyone from more death, destruction, and chaos, all while dealing with absentee gods and feuding halves and pures. Did I mention the Titans don’t want to be entombed and are causing all sorts of problems? Each chapter brings new twists, turns, and obstacles for Seth and Josie to face and there’s certainly never a dull moment.

With the addition of several new faces and a handful of familiar characters in tow, The Prophecy follows Seth, Josie, and company as they attempt to save the world from being overtaken by the Titans. The storyline is action-packed, gasp-inducing, and unpredictable. With everything spinning out of control in the outside world, I appreciated the moments that focus solely on the romance between Seth and Josie. When they’re together, the book has a lighter, sweeter, more playful tone, which is a welcome respite from the heavy, ominous cloud that hovers over the rest of the narrative.

With The Prophecy, the fourth book in The Titan Series, Jennifer L. Armentrout has delivered a nonstop thrill ride. This book is intense. It’s jaw-dropping. It’s steamy (like woah). It’s foreboding, but also hopeful. It’ll have you gasping and shouting at your Kindle. It’ll tug on your heartstrings and wreak havoc with your emotions. It’s completely and utterly un-put-downable. The beginning, the ending, and everything in between is amazingly complex and awe-inspiring. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better finale for Seth and Josie’s story, which is one I think fans of the Titan Series will be thoroughly satisfied with.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

Escort by Skye Warren: Release Blitz


There is no shame in pleasure. And no love in business.

I have a blind date tonight, and I know with 100% certainty that I'm getting lucky. There shouldn't be any surprises, not for one as jaded as me, but when I walk into the penthouse suite of L'Etoile, everything changes.

1) For one thing, Bea is heartstoppingly gorgeous. Pale green eyes and endless freckles. Curves I want to spend all night exploring, as if her body was made for me.

2) Her innocence makes me want to use my entire inventory of bedroom tricks on her and then invent a few more.

3) Except that . . . she’s a virgin.

I can initiate her into the world of desire without letting her get attached, can't I? A few hours of tutoring, and at the end of the night a small fortune will be deposited into my bank account.

Yes, you read that right. There are many words for what I do. After all, mine is the oldest profession. I'm an escort, which means this date is nothing more than a mutually enjoyable transaction.

But once I realize one night with her won’t be enough, I’m the one who's screwed.

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About Skye Warren:

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner. Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, four dogs, and one evil cat.

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