First Line Friday | Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

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This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

 

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“Pinch myself and I say I AM AWAKE once an hour.”

Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about this book!  I absolutely LOVED it!  If you haven’t read it yet, you should. I highly recommend it! ❤

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First Line Friday | Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

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This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

 

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“The very first thing I tell my new students on the first day of a workshop is that good writing is about telling the truth.”

 

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Blog Tour: The Company of Demons by Michael Jordan |Excerpt, Q & A, & a #Giveaway

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Author: Michael Jordan

Paperback: 344 pages

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (January 16, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1626344515

ISBN-13: 978-1626344518

Buy it here: Amazon |Barnes & Noble | IndieBound |Books-A-Million

 

Blurb

The brutal murder of a friend leaves lawyer John Coleman stunned and sends shock waves through the city of Cleveland. The technique of the killing recalls memories of the Torso Murderer, who dismembered at least twelve people decades ago and vanished–eluding even the legendary Eliot Ness. Jennifer, the victim’s beautiful daughter, hires John to handle her father’s estate, and romantic feelings for her soon complicate his already troubled marriage. When John finds himself entangled with a cold-blooded biker gang, an ex-cop with a fuzzy past, and the drug-addicted son of the dead man, he struggles to make sense of it all. But he cannot escape a growing sense of dread.

Excerpt

A deep breath helped to calm me. Oyster’s death had brought an ugly past alive. Just as I’d been assuring everyone, though, there was nothing wrong. My main task for the day was to pick Molly up after school and hope that she wouldn’t be too disappointed when she learned that we wouldn’t be visiting the skateboard park. We would head straight home for a quiet, uneventful spaghetti dinner. Cathy would have polished and set the oaken table. We would talk of things other than serial killers. She would remind me of her upcoming birthday dinner, with her sister and brother-in-law. Her parents would stare down at us from faded color photographs arranged in thin wooden frames on checkered blue-and-white wallpaper. There were photographs of my mom, too, with her tight-lipped smile.

One photo of my father, handsome in a blue uniform, hung on the wall. Whenever Cathy said grace, my eyes would wander to the particular picture, and I would recall games of catch, walleye fishing on the lake, our hikes through the Metroparks. We’d wander the trails there most Saturday mornings, just my dad and me. Afterward, he’d take me to Pete’s Hotdogs on Lorain, and we’d gorge on dogs stuffed into steamed buns and topped with local Stadium mustard and greasy fried onions. Those were the memories I’d try to focus on.

But I could never, ever block out the rest.

Questions and Answers From Mr. Michael Jordan

Your best virtue as an author.

Perseverance. Even when feeling really discouraged, I am able to sit down at my desk and continue writing.

Your most quirky author habit.

Rewarding myself with a square of chocolate or a cup of coffee when I think that I’ve written something that works.

If you could ask any other author, past or present, a question who would it be and what would you ask.

I would ask Edgar Allan Poe to tell me everything he could about writing The Raven.

When you aren’t writing…

I am feeling guilty about not writing!

Your ideal writing place.

Anyplace where it is quiet and I can be alone.

The book you’ve re-read the most.

Tarzan of the Apes

First thing you do when you finish writing a novel.

I never felt as though The Company of Demons was finished! I kept tweaking the manuscript until it was submitted to the publisher, then worked with the editor on further re-writes, and then dove into marketing!

 A secret talent you have.

I am oddly flexible.

One tip for aspiring authors.

When you think you’re done, you aren’t. Let your work sit for at least one month and then read it again, with a critical eye, from the opening sentence.

What kind of research do you do and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

For The Company of Demons, I read non-fiction works about The Torso Murderer, including contemporaneous newspaper and magazine accounts. This took place over several months as the plot began to develop. For my second book, a WWII thriller set during the closing stages of the war, the research has been far more complex as it takes place in a timeframe and setting that are foreign to me. For example, because the story is set in New Mexico, I’ve made five trips there to understand the culture, history, flora, fauna, and climate.

What does literary success look like to you?

When a stranger tells me how much they liked the book.

What inspires you?

A feeling that I am creating something unique that people will enjoy and remember. .

10 tips for becoming a better writer.

  1. Persevere.
  2. Apply ass to the chair and go to work.
  3. Research and get your facts straight.
  4. Seek out exceptional readers who will offer constructive criticism.
  5. Accept constructive criticism.
  6. Work with an editor.
  7. Rewrite.
  8. Rewrite again. And again.
  9. Show don’t tell—everyone recites this, too few do it.
  10. Persevere. Yes, again. You will become discouraged. See tip number 2 above.

About the Author

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Michael Jordan obtained his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, with highest honors, and his law degree from George Washington University, where he was a member of the Law Review. A trial lawyer and arbitrator for over three decades, he has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer and named to Best Lawyers in America. A member of the International Association of Crime Writers, The Company of Demons is his first novel.

An avid traveler, Michael has climbed Mt. Fuji, swam in The Devil’s Pool on the cusp of Victoria Falls, trekked a glacier in Patagonia, and visited numerous other countries. Yes—an international thriller lies in the future! He has also acted in several theatrical productions and his experience on stage is helpful in creating characters for his novels. He is currently working on his next book, a thriller set during the closing stages of WWII.

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Michael and his wife, Linda Gross Brown, a soft pastel artist, divide their time between homes in Rocky River, Ohio, and Longboat Key, Florida. They enjoy traveling, pleasure boating, and very cold martinis.

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I would like to thank Michael Jordan and Goddess Fish Promotions for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour. 

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First Line Friday | Elevation by Stephen King

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This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

Elevation by Stephen King

 

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“Scott Carey knocked on the door of the Ellis condo unit, and Bob Ellis (everyone in Highland Acres still called him Doctor Bob, although he was 5 years retired) let him in.”

 

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First Line Friday | Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

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Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

 

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“For years, even while she’d loved him, part of her had hated him in that childish way that you hate something you can’t control.”

*On a side note, this book was fabulous!  My review will be posted on Tuesday, February 19th.  Stop back by and check it out! 🙂 

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First Line Friday | UNFU*K Yourself by Gary Johnson Bishop

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UnFuck Yourself.

“Have you ever felt like a hampster on a wheel, furiously churning your way through life but somehow going nowhere?”

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Book Review: The Outsider by Stephen King

Cover Image of The Outsider by Stephen KingAuthor: Stephen King

Print Length: 560 pages

 ISBN-10: 1501180983

 ISBN-13: 9781501180989

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Buy it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Source:  This is a book that I purchased.

Blurb

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

My Thoughts

Spooky and Chilling

This book starts with a boy murdered in an unfathomable, disturbing way. The book goes through the attempts to catch the perpetrator.  Will they catch him?  After hearing what he had done, I crossed my fingers throughout the book hoping the “Outsider” would be caught.

As I read this book, I felt anger, frustration, and heartache.  Heart-ache because of the way the boy was murdered (The descriptive language that is used made me a bit sick to my stomach.) as well as the impact that this murder has on a particular family in the book.   Anger because of the behavior that this “Outsider” was exhibiting was just unacceptable. Which is an understatement, to say the least. Lastly, I felt frustrated finishing this book because of the lackluster ending.  I was honestly kinda bummed there wasn’t more too it than there was. How I felt about the ending of the book is the reason for the 4-star review, instead of giving it a full 5-stars.

Have you read The Outsider?

If so, what were your thoughts on this book?

Quote

“And I believe in A. Conan Doyle, who had Sherlock Holmes say, ‘Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.’

Rating

4-stars

About the Author

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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father’s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen’s grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.

Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.

He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men’s magazines.

Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men’s magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

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First Line Friday | Becoming by Michelle Obama

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This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

Becoming by Michelle Obama

 

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“I spent much of my childhood listening to the sound of striving.”

 

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First Line Friday | The Outsider by Stephen King

First Line Fridays
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This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

The Outsider by Stephen King

 

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“It was an unmarked car, just some nondescript American sedan a few years old, but the blackwall tires and the three men inside gave it away for what it was.”

 

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First Line Friday | 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Earlier this week I mentioned that I was going to be trying out some new type of blog posts in January. WWW Wednesdays was one of them and now I am adding First Line Friday!  If you are interested in participating too, stop over at Hoarding Books and check it out.

The premise of it is simple.  You simply share the first line of a book so that it may inspire other readers. So, here is the début post of First Line Friday on The Bibliovert!

First Line Fridays

 

“In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power.”

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