Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Start Your Spring Right with Deanna Martinez-Bey!

Please welcome Deanna Martinez-Bey to Writer’s Corner.  She is here to share her new book When Life Gives You Lemons, Drink Coffee! I am excited to share her work.  I feel that readers will really find this book great for the beach!

About the Book:  

Janine is a smart and sassy southern girl from Triple Creek, North Carolina, who knows what she wants and fearlessly goes after it. Janine's goal of making a life for herself and marrying the man of her dreams finally became a reality. She was a newlywed, married to a successful business man named Tom Whitfield and owned her own bakery. Their life seemed perfect and all was well in Janine's world until her faith is rocked through a course of events that would challenge her own beliefs and change her fate forever. 

Tom is unexpectedly promoted to a new job that requires change for both he and Janine. Leaving her life in Triple Creek to support her husband's career took a leap of faith for Janine and was a risk so early in the marriage. But the bigger threat comes when Janine discovers some of Tom's darkest secrets and learns valuable lessons while she was there. 

Janine makes new friends in New York, but she still misses her family and friends in North Carolina. She discovers that love is not always predictable when faced with new challenges. Can love truly conquer all? Or are some things best left behind? After seeing things that shock her, Janine feels betrayed by people who she thought she could trust. 

This is the second installment written by author, Deanna Martinez-Bey, and focuses on Janine, a character we met in her first book, Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star. Told from the perspective of Janine and her funny southern humor, this story will move you while you share in this journey of discovery, love, betrayal, and the realization that you can make anything you like out of what life gives you.

About the Author:  

Deanna Martinez-Bey was born in New Jersey and currently resides in North Carolina. She has been writing stories and poems since she was a young girl. Deanna enjoys writing, running and cooking. She spends her spare time boxing, weight training and drinking coffee!  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How Well Do You Know Your Roommate?

Mary Kubica is the new darling of suspense. I had the honor of meeting her last spring at Fox Tale Book Shoppe. She shared her current title Don’t You Cry. At the time I was intrigued by Ms. Kubica's work because of hearing so much about it. Is she the new master of suspense?


This story has two different points of view. Quinn is the roommate of Esther. When Quinn realizes that Esther is missing, she starts to investigate. She turns her roommate’s bedroom upside down hunting for clues about what has happened to her. She even enlists the aid of a friend from work Ben. As she progresses in her investigation she starts to wonder who her roommate is. And wonders if she might be in danger as well?

The other point of view is Alex’s story. He is the son of the town drunk. His mother left him when a little child. He does odd jobs around town for neighbors and those sympathetic to his cause. Alex sacrificed a full ride scholarship to stay home and take care of his father. One day a mysterious woman comes into town. Alex is drawn to her and even goes as far to meet her. He also shares the story of Genèvieve with her discussing her ghost.  What was she like as a person?  Are these two connected? What will the consequences be to Alex’s for involving himself?

My Thoughts:

This story is very interesting!  If I had read the book; as opposed to listening to it I might have enjoyed the story more.  The narration was done well. The author has a way of bringing that creepiness factor into the story line. As the story progresses the circumstances seem to get more sinister with each step. I knew when the book started that the two storylines between Quinn and Alex are somehow related. I didn’t know how. Once the action sped up in the story I found it more interesting to find out how it would end.

Mary Kubica pick up a copy today of Don’t You Cry. You preorder her next book Every Last Lie.