two great reads

August 30, 2009

One of the perks of being a writer is that people send you advance reading copies (ARCS) of upcoming books. How much do we love that, people? I’m going to try to be more organized about posting my recommendations here. I read a lot and I read fast, so sometimes things just speed by.

Today’s recommendations–

The Promised World by Lisa Tucker
Lisa Tucker is a good fairy. She was nice enough to have her publisher send me an ARC (advance reading copy) when she saw that her upcoming novel was on my wish list. Would that all wishes were so easily granted! Her other books possess dark fairytale quality I find mesmerizing, and The Promised World has it in spades. Lisa Tucker writes with compassion and sensitivity about the fine balance between sanity and madness, the cost of secrets and lies, and the redemptive quality of love. This novel is also a first class page turner, with a twisty and absorbing plot that will keep you up all night. Major thumbs up!

The Promised World: A NovelThe Promised World by Lisa Tucker

Lisa Tucker is a good fairy. She was nice enough to have her publisher send me an ARC when she saw that her upcoming novel was on my wish list. Would that all wishes were so easily granted! Her other books possess dark fairytale quality I find mesmerizing, and The Promised World has it in spades. Lisa Tucker writes with compassion and sensitivity about the fine balance between sanity and madness, the cost of secrets and lies, and the redemptive quality of love. This novel is also a first class page turner, with a twisty and absorbing plot that will keep you up all night. Major thumbs up!

A Bad Day for Sorry: A Crime Novel

A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield. Okay, can we talk about titles here? And cover art? I would have bought this book based on the front cover alone. Totally irresistible. But the real story is between the covers. A smart-alecky narrator with the kind of attitude we all wish we had, Stella Hardesty is a woman on a mission. She’s a survivor of domestic abuse and the proprietor of a small-town sewing machine shop. Her mission–to help other women escape and avenge the violence done to them. It’s filled with danger, humor, suspense and a romance with a boyfriend named Goat. Trust me, you’ll love this one.

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  • Oh, wait! What I meant to say: I know Sophie so I’m really looking forward to trying her book. I bet it’s great. And thanks for the recommendation on THE PROMISED WORLD. Looks like it’s right up my alley.

    One last thing…the winner of our contest involving the trip to your guest house just sent me pictures. She had a wonderful time. Thanks again for accommodating that!

    Okay, now I’ll shut up. LOL

    Brenda

  • Love your blog, Susan. You do such a nice job with it. Pictures and all. Boy, am I impressed. 😉

    Sorry about that nasty letter you mentioned a few days ago. I just got one of those recently, too. She told me I’m a “sell-out” for writing suspense. Said Lisa Gardner was, too. I considered myself in good company once she mentioned Lisa’s name and threw the email in the electronic circular file. (I also mentioned she should try to steer clear of books with scary-looking covers. LOL)

    Brenda

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