Monday, October 15, 2018

Playlist & Giveaway: Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor


Death by the River
Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: October 2nd 2018
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
A high school “American Psycho.”
SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET.
SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD.
Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.
And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.
The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.
He is also a psychopath.
A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.
As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux.
And that someone will pay with their life.


PLAYLIST:
Anything by Sting
There’s a Moon Over Bourbon Street
Brand New Day
We’ll be Together
Fragile
I was Brought to My Senses
Shape of My Heart
La Belle Dans Sans
It’s Probably Me
Desert Rose
Roxanne (The Police)


Author Bio:
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cover Reveal: False Memory series by Meli Raine


False Memory
Meli Raine
(False Memory, #1)
Publication date: November 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
It all started with the bereavement flowers with my name on them.
Not the best way to wake up, right? I work in a flower shop. I know a funeral arrangement when I see one.
I know a killer when I see one, too. And one is standing in my hospital room right now, straight behind the man who saved my life.
I can’t tell anyone the truth, because that’s the fastest way to really die. So I do the next best thing. I “lose” my memory.
I fake my amnesia.
Pretending not to remember a brutal attempted murder has its perks. The killer is backing down, spending less time around me, loosening the noose.
The less I claim to recall, the more my rescuer, Duff, works to help me “remember.” I hate lying to him.
But he doesn’t understand that my memory is dangerous. To me. And to him.
Fooling everyone isn’t easy. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
Except it’s starting to look like I’ve been fooling myself.
In more ways than one.
Read Book 1 in the newest series from USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.


False Hope
Meli Raine
(False Memory, #2)
Publication date: December 11th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Description TBA
















False Start 
Meli Raine
(False Memory, #3)
Publication date: January 15th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Description TBA















Author Bio:
Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes — and the women who love them. Meli rode her first motorcycle when she was five years old, but she played in the ocean long before that. She lives in New England with her family.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Review: The Want-Ad Killer by Ann Rule

The Want-Ad Killer
Cover Source: GoodReads
Title: The Want-Ad Killer
Author: Ann Rule
Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Version Reviewed: Finished Audiobook
Website: www.annrules.com
I borrowed this audiobook from my local library.

GoodReads Synopsis:
After his first grisly crime, Harvey Louis Carignan beat a death sentence and continued to manipulate, rape, and bludgeon women to death-using want ads to lure his young female victims. And time after time, justice was thwarted by a killer whose twisted legal genius was matched only by his sick savagery. Here, complete with the testimony of women who suffered his unspeakable sexual abuses and barely escaped with their lives, and of the police who at last put him behind bars, is one of the most shattering and thought-provoking true-crime stories of our time.

Review:
For as long as I can remember, I've had a fascination with reading and watching documentaries about serial killers and true crime stories. It's always been interesting to me, the minds of the people that can commit such unspeakable acts of violence, and also serves as a reminder to me that there are people to be wary of in every day life.

When this book popped up for my library's True Crime Tuesday, I knew I had to listen to it.  I had never previously heard of Harvey Louis Carignan or the "Want-Ad Killer" so I was curious about who he was and what he had done. It's safe to say that he was one messed up dude.

The crimes that he commited were unbelievable and the man himself was ridiculously disgusting and vile. He would literally marry women that had teenage daughters because he was into teen girls. How freaking terrible is that?

Although his story was interesting, it makes me sad to know that there are people out there that commit such heinous crimes and I feel so bad for all the poor women that he violated, murdered, and ruined.

Rating: 3 Stars.