Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author, August Cruz. He introduces to his book Stalker as well as shares how he decided to write it from the stalker's point of view.
Publisher: Atria Books/Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Format: Hardcover/MP3 Download
Pages: Hardcover: 352 | Audio Length: 13 hrs 6 mins
Narrator: Corey Brill, Rebekkah Ross
Source: Booksparks/Audiobook Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.
Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.
Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, Tell Me Lies follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. Deep down, Lucy knows she has to acknowledge the truth about Stephen. But before she can free herself from this addicting entanglement, she must confront and heal her relationship with her mother—or risk losing herself in a delusion about what it truly means to love.
*This audiobook was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is not a love story. This book is not romantic. This is a story about dangerous and obsessive love with a strong statement about mental health. From lack of empathy to low self-esteem and eating disorders, there is a lot of internal conflicts that feed into this unhealthy relationship from both sides. I'm sure the ongoing drug use didn't help things. Consider this story more a cautionary tale of young and dumb love.
The characters are so realistic that when bad things happened, it promoted an audible reaction from me. Lucy and Stephan have the type of relationship that I wouldn't wish on anyone. Very dysfunctional. If you've ever dated even a mild sociopath, then you will be jarred by some of the things that Stephen does and that Lucy accepts.
The premier of my new podcast, The Recap! Castle Rock starts this evening. I've been wanted to recap and review episode by episode certain shows for a while now. Lisa and I have been doing it on the Shelf Addiction podcast for The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, but it never really sat well with me that it was on the Shelf Addiction Podcast feed. I felt the show recaps and discussions should have their own space as not to bombard book lovers without interest in TV with that content.
Going forward you may still see Pop Culture Sunday (if I don't end up spinning that off too) on the Shelf Addiction Podcast, but you'll have to follow new feeds for individual TV show series content.
Without further ado, take a listen to The Recap! Castle Rock trailer. I hope you'll join me and Lisa live tonight when we talk about episodes 1 and 2. Join us live on Friday nights during the season at 6pm EST/5pm CST and let's talk all things Castle Rock. Set an alarm!
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Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I'm interviewing voice-over actor and audiobook narrator Tom Jordan. You don't want to miss his awesome insight as he shares tips for indie authors looking to do an audiobook and for new narrators looking for work!
Some babies were born with a silver spoon in their hand. Tom was born holding a microphone. Well… almost. From the age of 10, Tom was carrying his trusty cassette recorder and microphone him everywhere - conducting interviews, doing impromptu skits with friends and family - he even took it to school and narrated plays that he wrote with friends. WIthout any idea where this would lead, other than the obvious radio DJ jobs, Tom stumbled upon voice acting in 1994 through a friend who worked at a local, Los Angeles radio station. She helped him get a few gigs and opened a whole new world - beyond his portable recorder. Family and a “real job” took over for almost two decades, however, as Tom had to temporarily put this part of his life on hold. When podcasting started in 2005, Tom jumped on the chance to build a modest home recording studio and create his own shows without having to take time away from his family or job. One of these podcasts, The Unreal OC, he did with his wife, Elizabeth, and there are still dozens of hilarious episodes you can check out online at TheUnrealOC.com.
Tom didn’t start recording audiobooks until May of 2017, so he’s a newcomer to this field; but, as you’ve read, he’s no stranger to narration, in general. Tom loves audiobook narration - and has produced all 30 of his books “in the margins” surrounding a busy life with a full time job as a marketing copywriter, three kids living at home, and his wonderful, supportive wife who, among other crucial things, “helps keep the chaos controlled,” according to Tom. Tom’s audiobooks are all on Audible.com and you can listen to some samples of his narrations as well as his commercial demo on his website, TomVoiceover.com.
Welcome to the next discussion of the read-along. I hope you're reading (or re-reading in some cases) along with us! Listen to the latest read-along podcast episode as Casey, Nicola, and I share our thoughts on Murder of Crows, the second book in The Others series.
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I’ve read and enjoyed books (Somebody I Used to Know and Since She Went Away) written by David Bell. I’m excited to have this exclusive Q&A to share with you. I asked David 10 questions about himself and his most recent release. Read on and learn more about the author and some of his inspiration behind Somebody’s Daughter.
David Bell writes in his own “suburban noir” style that is fresh and gripping. Bell's writing is in the arena with books written by Tana French and Mary Kubica. If you enjoy either French or Kubica, you’ll surely enjoy David Bell. Pick up your copy of Somebody's Daughter today.
Share with us what book(s)/audiobook(s) are you reading right now?
I recently finished the Civil War classic ANDERSONVILLE by MacKinlay Kantor. I've also recently read THREE DAYS MISSING by Kimberly S Belle and am looking forward to THE STRANGER INSIDE by Laura Benedict.
What does your writing space look like?
Frequently messy, littered with books and papers and notes and unpaid bills.
What books/authors would you say have influenced your writing style?
Too many to list, I guess. But Elmore Leonard, Robert B. Parker, Octavia Butler, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Flannery O'Connor.
Share your top 3 favorite authors to read.
Again, a tough call. This would change every day. For now...Herman Wouk, Ursula LeGuin, James Michener
What was inspired to start writing?
I loved to read. It was a short leap to decide that maybe I could write a book someday. I just wasn't aware of how long it would take to get to be any good at it. If I'd known that, I might have become an accountant. (That's a joke. I'd make a lousy accountant.)
What lead you to write SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER?
I love writing about families and secrets from the past that bubble to the surface in the present. I started thinking about a guy like my main character, Michael Frazier. What if his nearly perfect life were upended by the reappearance of his ex-wife? And what is he might have fathered a child he never knew about?
What real-life inspirations (if any) did you draw from for the world building within SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER?
The older I get the more people I meet who have had a "starter marriage," a brief somewhat disastrous marriage in their twenties. I went through that and a number of my friends have. What if that starter marriage that someone thought they left behind suddenly came back in the present?
Who is your favorite character from SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER and why?
That's a tough call, but I like Detective Griffin, one of the three point of view characters. Erin Griffin gets more emotionally involved in the case of the missing child than she should, and that makes her a complicated character.
What are future projects in store for your readers in 2018/2019?
I'm revising a new novel for 2019...about a man who meets a woman in an airport during a layover...and finds out she has a deep, dark secret he couldn't have imagined.
Are there any nuggets of wisdom you can give to aspiring writers?
Write what you want to write instead of chasing trends. Then you'll have a chance at doing something original.
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Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author Alice J. Black. She shares all about feminism in her series, Soul Seekers. Alice has lots to share about the strong heroine featured in her series.
Alice lives and works in the North East of England with her partner and slightly ferocious cats! Alice has always enjoyed writing from being a child when she used to carry notebooks and write stories no matter where she went. Nothing much has changed and she writes all manner of fiction with a tendency to lean towards the dark side. Most of her work is rooted in darkness, her inspiration coming from a macabre selection of reads as well as the dreams that frequent her sleep.
Her debut novel, The Doors, was released in 2014 and her next novel release, A Shadowed Beginning, the first part in a series of seven, was released in Autumn 2017. She is currently working on the Soul Seekers series. The prequel, The Leak of Madness, was released in Feb 2018 and they will continue to appear every two months. Several of her short stories have been included in anthologies with various presses and she is always working on more. When she's not writing, she always has a book in her hand and will read from whatever genre suits her that day.
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