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Play For Me by Céline KeatingPlay For Me by Céline Keating


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Publisher: She Writes Press (April 21, 2015)
Category: Contemporary Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Psychological
Tour date: Apr/May, 2017
ISBN: 978-1631529726
Available in Print & ebook, 217 pages

Play For Me

From the Award Winning Author:

It happens without warning: At a folk-rock show at her son’s college, Lily becomes transfixed by the guitarist’s unassuming onstage presence and beautiful playing―and with his final note, something within her breaks loose.

After the concert, Lily returns to her comfortable life―an Upper West Side apartment, a job as a videographer, and a kind if distracted husband―but she can’t stop thinking about the music, or about the duo’s guitarist, JJ. Unable to resist the pull of either one, she rashly offers to make a film about the band in order to gain a place with them on tour. But when Lily dares to step out from behind her camera, she falls deep into JJ’s world―upsetting the tenuous balance between him and his bandmate, and filling a chasm of need she didn’t know she had.

Captivating and provocative, Play for Me captures the thrill and heartbreak of deciding to leave behind what you love to follow what you desire.

My Thoughts Play For Me by Céline Keating


Is Lily having a mid-life crisis?  If not, why would she uproot her life of comfort and success for a folk-rock guitarist?  This is just what she does after attending a concert at her son’s college.  She uses the pretense of making a film of the band, to join them on the road.

It doesn’t take long for Lily’s once strong ethical compass to go askew and for sparks to fly. A musician’s life is usually a difficult one, even that of a famous one.  JJ is certainly not famous but he is young and talented.  How can Lily not be drawn to that.  However, it is one thing to imagine uprooting your settled life to go after the youth you have lost, than to actually act on it.

‘Play For Me’ is a thought provoking study on a woman who gains an obsession.  It is well written with a great cast of characters.  It has some great psychological tension and build up to its final conclusion. It was a bit of a departure from the kind of book I usually read but I am so glad I took it.  I highly recommend ‘Play For Me’ to those who love literary fiction with a bit of suspense.

5/5

I received the print version for my honest review.

About Céline Keating


Play For Me by Céline Keating

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Céline Keating is the author of novels Layla (2011) and Play for Me (2015), which was a finalist in the International Book Awards, the Indie Excellence Awards, and the USA Book Awards. Céline is also the co-editor of On Montauk: A Literary Celebration (2016).

Her short fiction has been published in many literary magazines, including AppearancesEchoesEmry’s JournalMount HopeThe North Stone ReviewPrairie Schooner, and the Santa Clara Review. Céline’s short story “Home” received the first-place 2014 Hackney Award for Short Fiction. Céline is also a music journalist whose work has appeared in Minor7th.comGuitar World, and Acoustic Guitar magazines.

Website: http://www.celinekeating.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/celinekeating
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCelineKeating/

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 White Lies by Susan BarrettWhite Lies by Susan Barrett


Publisher:  Create Space (August 30, 2016)
Category: Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Family Saga
Tour Date: April/May, 2017
ISBN: 978-1536806847
Available in: Print & ebook,  164 Pages

White Lies

The story is told from three perspectives: that of Beth, the natural mother of Tess, Liz, the adoptive mother, and Tess herself.  The reader’s sympathy is engaged with each woman in turn, as the intricacies of the plot demonstrate how nature and nurture interplay in the formation of personality.

Beth is a guest at a wedding. The bride is Tess, her natural daughter, who’d been adopted as a baby. During the moments leading up to the marriage ceremony, Beth remembers the lifetime events that have led to her present state of sick fear. Recent revelations have made her suspect that the bridegroom is the first child she’d given up for adoption, and therefore Tess’s half-brother. Will she speak of this impediment to matrimony, as invited by the priest, or forever hold her peace?

White Lies gives the answer in a way that reveals the complexities of truth-telling in the context of parenthood and adoption.  An entertaining page-turner, the novel also traces the social changes in family life over the last fifty years.

My Thoughts White Lies by Susan Barrett


Have you ever thought of adopting a child or were you an adopted child?  Have you ever wondered what it would be like for the birth mother, the adoptive mother, or the child who was adopted?  With the new television series that came out last year, ‘Long Lost Family’, we get a glimpse into those lives.  However, is a “reality” television show really reality?  What goes on behind the scenes or ends up on the cutting room floor?

Thought fiction, perhaps ‘White Lies’ will give a perspective.  It is written by a mother who has adopted.

‘White Lies’ is told from the perspective of the birth mother, Beth, Liz, the adoptive mother, and Tess, the adoptee.  Beth was invited to her birth daughter’s, Tess’s wedding.  Though she should be happy to have been invited and excited to see her daughter’s wedding, she is fearful.  Could the bridegroom be the first child she gave up for adoption? Should she speak up or let the ceremony go on?

Times have changed, it use to be that there was virtually no way of finding a birth parent or birth child.  It has been getting easier, especially with the invention of DNA testing, etc.  More and more people have developed more of an open mind and don’t scrutinize unwed mothers the way they use to.  Now a days, there are even women who decide to have a child without getting married and they don’t even have to wear a big scarlet letter “A”. LOL! 

No matter what you beliefs, if you have feelings, you can’t help having sympathy for all the parties involved in this book.  I certainly did.  Susan Barrett uses her art to cast a story about the experience of adoption from all sides.  She develops believable and sympathetic characters into an excellent story of love.

This is a beautifully written story of love and loss with even a dash of humor.  I highly recommend ‘White Lies’ to readers who love strong female characters and excellent story telling.

5/5

I received the print version for my honest review.

About Susan Barrett White Lies by Susan Barrett


Born in Plymouth, Devon in 1938, Susan Barrett began writing fiction in the 1960s while living on a Greek island.  Her first novel was published by Michael Joseph in 1969.  Film rights were sold and renewed over several years. She went on to write six more novels which were published with mainstream publishers in hardback and paperback in UK and USA.   A book on Greece’s landscapes, flora and fauna, illustrated in watercolours by her artist husband Peter Barrett, was published by Harrap Columbus in 1986.  They have also produced many children’s books together, published in the US.  In the 1990s she trained in humanistic counselling and gestalt psychotherapy and has practised as a counsellor for the last twenty years.  Her latest two novels and a work of non-fiction are available as ebooks and in paperback editions.

Website http://www.aliveinww2.com
Twitter @SusanBarrett192
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Blue Hour by Vicki RighettiniBlue Hour by Vicki Righettini


Publisher: Mill City Press (Nov 17, 2015)
Category: Historical Fiction, Romance, Pioneer Woman, Strong Female Character, Western
Tour date Mar/Apr, 2017
ISBN: 978-1634138291
Available in Print & ebook, 560 pages

The Blue Hour

Description of Blue Hour by Vicki Righettini


IN THIS EPIC TALE of love, loss, and redemption, the year is 1861, a time when women are expected to be married by a certain age. At 26, spinster Emily Wainwright has no reason to believe her sheltered life will ever change—until the charming Samuel Todd unexpectedly crosses her path.

Samuel yearns to homestead and start a family in Oregon, but he first needs to find a wife. Blinded by Samuel’s good looks, and grasping at her final chance to have a husband and children, Emily accepts his marriage proposal. However, Samuel is not the man she thought he was, and her marriage becomes a cold, cruel prison, offering her no solace amidst the hardships of farm life.

When Samuel dies and a second chance at love and happiness arrives in the form of farmhand Cole Walker, Emily must overcome her bitter past—or risk losing Cole and the life she has always dreamed of having.  


My Thoughts Blue Hour by Vicki Righettini


It is 1861 and 26 year old spinster, Emily Wainwright knows that she has no chance of finding a man now.  When she was younger, she was engaged to the love of her life but he dis in a accident.  She is still heartbroken.  However, Samuel Todd just showed up at her doorstep and asked her to go on a carriage ride with her.  

Things move quickly between them and he gives her a proposition.  They can get married and cross the Oregon trail to get land and become homesteaders.  Emily reads about the Oregon trail and her adventurous spirit is awakened. She accepts.  

It takes months of preparation and learning a new way of living.  The journey tests everyone’s mental and physical endurance.  When the trip begins, Emily walks and Samuel drives the team of oxen, as is the custom.  It sounds like Emily gets the sort end of the stick but the hard surface of the bench that Samuel sits all day is painful.  Emily gets blisters but her feet toughen up over time. The two seen to be getting along fine but all of a sudden Samuel shows his true colors.

Once they arrive, they find the perfect spot and get to work.  However Samuel becomes more and more aggressive with Emily and also leaves for months at a time. Samuel then gets consumption and dies.  With the help of her neighbors, Emily keeps the homestead going. She also starts making money selling her herbal remedies.  However, her farmhand, Andrew, her neighbor’s son, decides to leave to fight for the Union in the Civil war.  Before he leaves he arranges for a new farmhand to take over, Cole Walker.

Will Emily find love and learn to trust again?

‘The Blue Hour’ is part adventure and part romance. Vicki Righetini captures the time and place in history with skill and poetic prose.  I have read other books that take place on the Orgon trail but none as detailed and exciting as this one.  I wish this was a series because I didn’t want this book to end.  I am sure the story and characters will stay with me for the rest of my life.  ‘The Blue Hour’ is a must read for historical fiction readers!

5/5

I received the ebook version for my honest review.

About Vicki RighettiniBlue Hour by Vicki Righettini


Vicki Righettini is an award-winning, nationally produced playwright, and her recently-published historical novel, The Blue Hour, was a badge winner and Pitch Perfect Pick at Underground Books. Originally from Los Angeles, Vicki lived in Oregon for over twenty years, where she developed an abiding love of the land and the Oregon way of life. Before turning to full-time writing, she worked for forty years as a singer/actress and performing arts instructor. Her blog, Between a Book and a Hard Place, focuses on the ups and downs of the creative process (http://www.vickirighettini.com). Vicki lives in San Diego with her software-developer, Jeopardy!-champion husband, and the world’s shyest cat.

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