Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Girl Who Escaped by Mark Nolan

 

One month ago, four college girls were abducted. Three were brutally murdered. One girl escaped.

Angie Taylor was traumatized and shocked speechless.

The police think she killed her friends, and then had a mental breakdown. 

Her psychiatrist believes she has an emotionally unstable personality disorder. 

Can she ever speak up and describe the killer’s face to a police sketch artist? 

Is the murderer stalking her right now, eager to finish what he started? 

Everyone in the city is on edge, fearing the worst, not sure what to believe. 

 

A visit from a determined FBI agent shakes things up and raises the stakes. FBI Special Agent Brenda Reynolds of the VSRT must investigate whether the mysterious silent girl is a victim, a killer, or has gone insane. 

 

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“Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start.”


“This was the first Mark Nolan book I have read and it will not be the last. This was a fast-paced, thriller, with an amazing plot and great character building.”


“Great plot; wonderful cohesive characters; talk about action packed; thriller,… oh yeah from page one through the end! Once you start this book you CANNOT put it down – trust me. “

“I have not read a good mystery thriller in such a long time. The Girl Who Escaped was AMAZING! 5 stars AMAZING! Mark Nolan kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.”

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About the author

Mark grew up on the California coast and has lived in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. He enjoys being close to the ocean and has enjoyed boating, fishing, scuba ping and exploring in Florida, Mexico, California, Hawaii, etc. His first novel, Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie was a Top 20 Bestseller in the Amazon Kindle Store and a Kindle Unlimited All-Star.



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Book Review & Giveaway: Shadows Over London by Christian Klaver

Book Title:  Shadows Over London (Empire of the House of Thorns series – Book One) by Christian Klaver
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 320 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Publisher:  CamCat Books 
Release date:  May 2021
Content Rating: PG. It’s very clean.

Book Description:

The Faerie have come to take London, and only one girl stands in their way.

​Justice isn’t your average fifteen-year-old girl. She’s an irrepressible scoundrel, and she always has a plan. But her world falls apart when her father forcibly bundles the entire family into carriages in the middle of the night and carts them off to a strange mansion on the outskirts of Victorian London. The Faerie are invading, but the Kasric siblings can’t stay neutral in the ensuing war when they find their parents on opposing sides. Justice has no choice but to embrace her burgeoning magical powers to fight against the Faerie and save her family.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The story is told from the viewpoint of 15-year-old Justice Kasric. At the beginning of the story, she seems to be your typical teen in a family with a father at sea and a mother who shows favoritism, and Justice is not her favorite. Then they are all whisked away in the middle of the night, and their lives are changed forever.

Once the family is in the mansion, strange things begin happening, including Justice being able to see ghosts. Eventually, they realize they each have some sort of power. Once their mother leaves them behind, they realize they must escape which is easier said than done. After they escape the mansion, the adventure truly begins.

The children find out that there is a threat of war with the faeries. But there aren’t only faeries and ghosts in this world, there are goblins and dragons and many other fantastical creatures.

This is a dark young adult fantasy that is definitely not for middle school readers or younger. There is occasional action but there is also a lot of downtime in between when Justice is trying to work things out or is having conversations with other characters.

I didn’t feel connected to the characters, so hopefully there will be more character development in the next book.

The narrator was very good. She did great with the voices, and her pace and timing were perfect. Because of the narrator, I think I enjoyed the audiobook more than if I would have read the book. I’m still confused about some things. I will definitely be listening to the next audiobook in the series because there are things that haven’t been resolved, and I have to find out what happens.

About the Author

Christian Klaver has been writing for over twenty years, with a number of magazine publications, including Escape Pod, Dark Wisdom Anthology, and Anti-Matter. He’s the author of The Supernatural Case Files of Sherlock Holmes series, but has written over a dozen novels, both fantasy and sci-fi, often with a Noir bent. He’s worked as book-seller, bartender and a martial-arts instructor before settling into a career in internet security. He lives just outside the sprawling decay of Detroit, Michigan, with his wife, Kimberly, his daughter, Kathryn, and a group of animals he refers to as The Menagerie. He’s also a part of the Untitled Writer’s Group based in Ann Arbor for the past decade or so with a bunch of equally starry-eyed dreamers and social misanthropes.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Are You a Pineapple? by Kathryn A. Zolman

Book Title:  Are You A Pineapple? by Kathryn A. Zolman
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   May, 2022
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA), PDF
Tour dates: Nov 25 to Dec 16, 2022
Content Rating:  G. Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

Kevin has a beautiful new puppy! But what should he name her? He wants to find a name that is unique, just like her. Kevin knows the puppy is special, but he’s about to find out just how smart she is when she helps Kevin choose her own name!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Are You a Pineapple? is a cute story about Kevin who gets a new puppy. He asks the puppy if she likes different names, but she just seems bored until he says the name Pineapple! Then she gets excited and jumps on Kevin and gives him kisses. So, Pineapple it is!

Not only is this story cute, but the illustrations by Walter Policelli are realistic with bright colors that will keep the attention of children. It also teaches children to respect pets just as they should respect people.

Are You a Pineapple? is based on a true story, and it’s definitely a book that children will enjoy.

About the Author

Kathryn A. Zolman never expected to write a children’s book, but when Pineapple came into her life and she heard the story of how this sweet, smart dog got her name, she thought it would make a fun book for parents to read to their children. Pineapple is a Bull Mastiff, German Shepherd, Chow mix, and much like a real pineapple, she knows how to stand tall and is very sweet on the inside!

Kathryn is an avid dog lover. Along with her husband and daughter, they have raised three Doberman Pinschers, each with their own unique personality and character. Kathryn is an advocate for not only raising children to respect all animals, but also to be thankful for the pure joy that they bring to our lives. In writing this book, Kathryn seeks to spread a positive message and hopes it will help children express more gratitude in their lives.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Practicing Mindfulness by Kim Larkins

 

 

Let Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo and her friends help your child learn and practice mindfulness skills in this highly interactive activity and coloring book. Emma Lou, with the help of Gigi the Ginormous Giraffe and all her friends, want to help children remember ways to be mindful. A variety of activities will help children sharpen their mindfulness skills. Children will:

  • Follow a maze to Gigi’s house
  • Color in pictures to go with each lesson
  • Learn a breathing technique
  • Practice being present
  • Try a crossword puzzle about feelings and much more!
  • Have fun and remember to be mindful from start to finish!

My Review

Practicing Mindfulness starts with defining what mindfulness is: paying attention to what is going on right now. There are many ways to practice mindfulness. Focusing on your breathing, listening to the sounds around you, and feeling and understanding your body’s sensations are all explained here in a way children can understand. Best of all, it teaches about using mindfulness to be a kind and caring person.

This fun book teaches about mindfulness not only by explaining, but by having the child interact. After each chapter, there’s space for a picture or to answer a question. There are pictures throughout the book that can be colored. At the end, there are games such as wordsearch or a maze. The games focus on the contents of the book.

The characters are great too! The main characters are Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo, Pearl, and Gigi the Gentle Ginormous Giraffe. What kid won’t love those names? And they have many friends with cool names too.

Practicing Mindfulness would be a great addition to a child’s library. I may have to purchase a copy for my grandkids when they get a little older. They’re not quite old enough for these concepts yet.

“This book will be a helpful tool for the therapist or school counselor who uses directive approaches. The activities are easy to introduce and scaffold mindfulness opportunities for children and their families. It can be used as a standalone intervention or integrated with other therapeutic approaches.” –Theresa Fraser, CYC-P, CPT-S, MA, RP, RCT, CT, trauma, loss and attachment clinical specialist

 

“Through a variety of fun and insightful exercises, Kim Larkins’ Practicing Mindfulness offers children the gift of cultivating awareness and the beautiful magic that awaits them in the present.” –Aimee Ruland, author of Float: A Guide to Letting Go 

 

“An important and engaging resource! This book is a must-have for therapists, caregivers, teachers and anyone who hopes to share with children the gift of mindfulness. With playful, succinct dialogue and delightful drawings, this book will be cherished by children and adults alike!” –Jillian Kelly-Wavering, LCSW, RPT-S, author of My Grief is Like the Ocean 

 

“The Practicing Mindfulness activity book follows a progression of knowing how to become present, how our body sensations communicate with us and how to create compassion for ourselves and others. The simplicity of the activity book makes it accessible for different age ranges and is a space for creativity to shine. ” –Lindsey Frank, M.Ed., president of the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully (COSEM), author of The Superpower of Your Heart 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Brighter the Stars by Bryan Prosek

Book Title:  The Brighter the Stars by Bryan Prosek
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  256 pages
Genre: YA Science Fiction 
Publisher:  CamCat Books 
Release date:  November 2020
Content Rating: PG. It’s very clean.

Caught between love and revenge, Jake has one chance to live up to the man his uncle was.

Earth crashed into interstellar politics as a lightweight, lagging so far behind other planetary weapons systems everyone feared they wouldn’t survive first contact with other worlds without quick action. By 2185, Earth had united itself into five geographic sectors and developed a defense system powerful enough to keep aggressors at bay—for now, at least.

Jake Saunders became a Legion soldier to honor the memory of his war hero uncle, who was brutally murdered in front of him when he was still a young teen. Fast forward a few years, and Jake and his best friend Cal have been tasked with escorting Cal’s older sister Diane to become Earth’s ambassador on a far-off planet. It’s the opportunity of Diane’s career, very likely a lifetime post. But for Jake, that could mean a lifetime’s heartbreak. He has loved Diane since they were kids, and every step closer to that ambassador assignment is a step closer to goodbye.

​But somebody is after more than Earth’s defense, and Jake, Cal, and Diane are on a trajectory to crash headlong into that dangerous plot. Somebody wants to play Earth against its most immediate threat, Craton, and convince both to develop super weapons—and he’s working with the person who killed Jake’s uncle all those years ago. When he reappears on Jake, Cal, and Diane’s journey to the ambassadorship, Jake is faced with difficult choices to look out for his friends and honor his uncle’s memory.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Brighter the Stars begins with Jake when he’s a teen. He lives with his aunt and uncle because his parents died when he was little, so his uncle is like a dad to him. Horrifically, he witnesses his uncle’s death. This changes his life to the point that he’s obsessed with finding and exacting revenge on the murderer, a Cratonite.

Eight years later, Jake and his best friend, Cal, have enlisted and are tasked with taking Cal’s sister and Jake’s lifelong crush, Diane, to a distant planet which happens to be near Craton. That’s when the adventure truly begins with close calls, twists, fighting for their lives, and more.

The narrator was very good. His pace and voice worked for this story. I was able to tell the difference between the different characters by just a small change in his voice for each one.

I’ve always enjoyed young adult books and this one is no exception. It has young love, loss, action and more. I recommend The Brighter the Stars to young adults as well as adults who like sci-fi. I’m looking forward to listening to the next book, The Darker the Skies soon.

About the Author

Bryan Prosek is a science fiction writer and business attorney. Along with his debut The Brighter the Stars and the forthcoming A Measure of Serenity, he has published books and articles in legal trade journals and magazines. When he isn’t writing or practicing law, you can probably find him watching science fiction movies or television shows. He loves the big screen and the small screen. There’s a good chance that he’ll be watching one of the numerous Star Trek movies or series, but he could be watching anything from Guardians of the Galaxy to The Conjuring.

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Nov 17 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
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Book Review & Giveaway: How the Wicked Run by Annabelle Lewis

Book Title:  How the Wicked Run (A Boston Clairvoyants Novel) by Annabelle Lewis

Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 283 pages

Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Thriller with Romance and Humor
Publisher:  PePe Press
Release Date: Oct 2022
Content Rating:  PG13 +M: Lots of cursing, kidnapping, all sex off page, no gore

Destined for Love and Danger

Sidrah Keeling, well-intentioned Boston clairvoyant and stalwart protector of her newfound family of psychics, purchases a country respite hours away from her grand Boston home. Lazy Pond Farm, just outside the town of Macoun, Massachusetts is an enormous fixer-upper, but it perfectly serves her agenda of fostering romance and promoting healing. In that order.

But instead, the group encounters trouble. Fate, as usual, has her own plans.

Macoun—named after the apple—is infested with racists led by a man who harbors terrifying secrets.

Will Jenny, Max, Sidrah, Leon, and Bones—the fabulous five—have the power to change Macoun? Will they be able to rescue those who need saving?

And what about love?

As the fates do battle, so will the lives between the wicked and the good. A twisted thread. Who will break? In How the Wicked Run, romance, mystery, and adventure collide once more for this enchanting family of audacious clairvoyants.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I had read Dead Cat, Run and Cut and Run and I liked them, so I was happy to review the third book in the trilogy.

Five psychics in Boston found each other and have become a “family.” They truly would do anything for each other. There was a lot of character development in the first book so although How the Wicked Run does stand on its own, I would recommend at least reading Dead Cat, Run first for an even better experience.

The psychics are good, moral people and know they need to help others, so they are constantly battling evil. They are led by Jenny’s visions but one of her visions is personal, and Sidrah is all over it. Jenny works so hard for others, so Sidrah wants this vision to come true so that she’ll have a little time to herself.

Once again, they’re up against evil. Once the murderer/kidnapper is brought to light to the reader, the book gets difficult to put down. The things he does to a “friend” are unfathomable.

I like how seemingly unrelated events eventually tie together. If you’re looking for a good thriller, How the Wicked Run won’t disappoint.

About the Author

Annabelle Lewis is a pseudonym for the author who lives in Minnesota but was raised in Texas. An important distinction for those who understand both states. When you read her work, this diversity will explain a lot. An avid reader since she got her first bicycle and a library card, she discovered the world, first through books. The mother of two children and several furry ones, she stayed home to raise her family, then stopped to take a breath and searched for new worlds to conquer. She found it with writing.

The Boston Clairvoyants novels as well as the Carrows Family Chronicles all take on the battle between good and evil. Vividly portrayed and humorously written, the reader will root for the bad guys to be taken down by the ensemble and recurring cast of characters in each series.

Annabelle considers herself a champion of the screwed over. And a dog lover. And an incredible mom. Oddly, she’s not a good dancer.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn by Amber A. Logan

Book Title:  The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn by Amber A. Logan
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  336 pages
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publisher:  CamCat Books
Release date:  Nov 15, 2022

Content Rating:  PG. The book is clean, without excessive swearing, no sexual content or graphic violent scenes, etc.  

Cracked doesn’t always mean broken.

Grieving her mother’s death, Mari Lennox travels to Kyoto, Japan to take photographs of Yanagi Inn for a client. As she explores the inn and its grounds, her camera captures striking images, uncovering layers of mystery shrouding the old resort—including an overgrown, secret garden on a forbidden island. But then eerie weeping no one else in the inn seems to hear starts keeping her awake at night.

​Despite the warnings of the staff, Mari searches the deep recesses of the old building to discover the source of the ghostly sound, only to realize that her own family’s history is tied to the inn, its mysterious, forlorn garden . . . and the secrets it holds.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Mari receives a grant to take photos of Yanagi Inn in Japan. She’d lived in Japan when she was a child. She feels like this may the thing that will help her deal with her grief after her mom dies.

Mari’s time at Yanagi Inn includes a secret island, memories coming to the surface, and a ghost. It’s not a scary story though. It’s more a story of Mari coming to terms with her past and being able to help the people she meets at Yanagi Inn.

The characters at Yanagi Inn are interesting, and Mari’s character is well developed. There is a little more about her thoughts and feelings than I care for, but that’s a personal preference.

If you like a story with a bit of paranormal, this is one you should like.

About the Author

Amber A. Logan is a university instructor, freelance editor, and author of speculative fiction living in Kansas with her husband and two children—Fox and Willow. In addition to her degrees in Psychology, Liberal Arts, and International Relations, Amber holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Stealing the Selkie’s Heart by Ella Rose

Stealing the Selkie’s Heart (The Selkie Seas, #1) by Ella Rose

Publisher:  Lightning Platypus Press, (July 19, 2022)
Category: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 979-8985603811
Available in Print and ebook, 286 pages

Stealing the Selkie’s Heart

A cursed town, a kidnapped selkie…what will happen when love is on the line? 

Powerful selkie warrior Ronan must negotiate with a group of local sirens before war breaks out. The last thing he needs is a desperate human who steals his sealskin, intent on forcing him to help her. He decides to seduce her, get his skin back, and fulfill his mission. But finding out she’s his True Mate changes everything…

Widow Una MacCallan is determined to save her small Scottish fishing town from the curse that fell over it twenty-four years ago, even if it means blackmailing the fierce selkie. Though she knows he is the key to breaking the spell, she doesn’t anticipate the attraction between them. She can’t afford the distraction, and she doesn’t trust that his interest is anything more than a manipulation, a bid for freedom. But she keeps finding herself tempted…

Together, they must race against time to break the curse. But as the two get closer, they find themselves asking: can they give up love to save those around them? What is the price for their newfound passion?

Stealing the Selkie’s Heart is an exciting enemies-to-lovers paranormal romance and the first book in The Selkie Seas series by Ella Rose. Let it steal your heart today!

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‘Stealing the Selkie’s Heart (The Selkie Seas, #1)’ by Ella Rose is a wild ride from start to finish! Right from the start, I could tell that this book was going to fit my interests and as I read along, I knew that I was correct.

Set in 1861 in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland, the book first introduces us to Ronan, a male selkie. Now, in case you don’t know, selkies are mythical creatures that can change back and forth between a seal form and a human form at will, simply by removing their seal skin. But there is a downside to this. The selkie’s seal skin has to be kept safe and hidden at all costs. If a human were to steal the skin, the selkie would have to bend to their will until it was returned.

This is a real myth that some will be familiar with (especially those of us with Scottish ancestry), but this book takes it to a new level by having Ronan’s selkie skin be stolen by none other than a woman who turns out to be his one true mate.

Una is a young widow who only wishes to seek Ronan’s help in stopping the curse that has been put on her town. However, once she finds out exactly how she is connected to Ronan, well, let’s just say things change a little bit. The two quickly begin to fall for each other, and each moment that they grow closer was a joy to read.

This is a fantastic paranormal romance and I highly recommend it if you enjoy the genre! This is also a great book to start out on if you’ve never read a paranormal romance but would like to try your first. Ella Rose’s writing is beautiful, descriptive and entertaining, and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future!

About the Author

Ella Rose is a paranormal romance author who loves kink, ink, and cake, and hopes you do too. She is a bi-sexual author writing through a Bi-Polar Disorder lens and thinks representation and mental health matter. She is the author of The Selkie Seas series, which includes Losing the Selkie’s Skin and Stealing the Selkie’s Heart.

Her latest selkie short stories will appear in Dark Rose Press’s Worlds Apart and Dragon Soul Press’s Beyond Atlantis anthologies. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Paranormal Romance Guild.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Night of Mysterious Blessings by Sally Metzger

Book Title:  Night of Mysterious Blessings by Sally Metzger
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 5-8), 40 pages
Genre:  Picture Book/Early Reader
Publisher:  Elk Lake Publishing
Release date:   November 3, 2021
Content Rating: G. My book is rated G because it has a Biblical world view. 

Have you ever had great big tingly goosebumps? Or tossed and turned too long on a sleepless night? Have you ever seen tall shadows dance in your doorway? Or found a RELAX-let-go peace deep inside? In Night of Mysterious Blessings, you’ll share in the adventures of a boy and his beloved dog. Enter this curious, oh-so-mysterious night, and be amazed at what you see in the morning’s light. Best of all, uncover the priceless key to worrying less and smiling more.

​So many books stress God is always with us. How fantastic for a book to proclaim the Scriptural truth that God is also within. It’s a lifelong gift for children to discover God makes his home inside them while their hearts are open to receive the mystery.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Night of Mysterious Blessings is a splendid book for children. It’s the story of a boy who can’t sleep, and he gets a visit from the Sandman. He reminds the boy that God is always with him, and he doesn’t need to worry about things or be afraid.

The story is told in verse, and the pictures are amazing! This is my favorite kind of book. It’s fun for children to read, and at the same time, they learn something important. I’m looking forward to reading this one to my grandkids!

About the Author

As a teacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader, Sally Metzger has helped young people discover God’s boundless love for them for over 20 years. She developed and taught a course in faith formation for university students, religion teachers, youth ministers, and parents, and she is the author of two children’s books, Night of Mysterious Blessings and Jesus, Were You Little?

​Sally has a Master of Theological Studies degree, focusing on pastoral care, and is active in chaplain ministry. Her message: It’s Raining Grace! And through God’s power, we can find and joyfully fulfill our purpose in life. Sally is married to her high school sweetheart, cherishes her children and grandchildren, and enjoys outdoor adventures and travel.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Between Before and After by Jessica Stilling

Between Before and After by Jessica Stilling

Publisher:  DX Varos Publishing (November 8, 2022)
Category: General Fiction, Literary Fiction, Family Secrets
ISBN: 978-1955065665
Available in Print and ebook, 479 (or less) pages

Between Before and After

Indie movie director Sebastian Foster has found his niche making movies based on the award-winning novels written by his estranged mother. However, his latest film, based loosely on the tragic death of his sister as a child, opens up old wounds best left under bandages.

Told in two concurrent timelines, now and when Sebastian was a teen, some twenty years ago in the mid-1990s, this story of learning unknown truths unwinds in the streets of Paris, where Sebastian lived as a teen and where he has returned to make his picture.

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Guest Review by Sal

The moment I started reading this book, I knew that I was going to enjoy it. Jessica Stilling’s marvellously-plotted, emotion-packed novel, ‘Between Before and After,’ is the type of book that you can recommend to anyone, because it has a little something for everyone.  

Set in Paris, this novel uses duel timelines to tell a story that leaves the reader guessing until you suddenly realize what exactly happened that night in 1994.  

In current day, Sebastian Foster is a director, who mainly makes movies using the plots of his famous author mother’s novels. But in 1994, Bastian was just a 14-year-old kid who lived in a dingy apartment in Paris with his mother and little sister.  

Moving to Paris from New York as a teenager, Bastian attempts to navigate a country where he doesn’t speak much of the language and eventually gets pulled into the seedy underground world of a prescription drug trade by a friend. Though he does not want to be involved at all, Bastian’s friend, Marcel, continues to pull him in, and, when their illegal activities are discovered, things become much more real than either of them could have anticipated.  

Meanwhile, in the present, Sebastian attempts to direct a movie centering around the tragedy of his sister’s death in a fire during the summer of 1994. How do these two things link up? You’ll have to read the book to find out, and I recommend doing so. 

This is one heck of a novel! I couldn’t put it down and read through it all in one night. Stilling’s evocative writing creates a world so vivid that I felt like I could reach out and touch it.  

This book is about a young boy trying to find his place in the world, and a man who is still trying to recover from a terrible tragedy, and both are the same character. Five stars for this wonderful story! 

About the Author

Jessica Stilling has written three works of literary fiction, Betwixt and Between, The Beekeeper’s Daughter, and The Weary God of Ancient Travelers. She also wrote poetry and short fiction for various literary journals.

Her articles have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Bust Magazine and she writes extensively for The Writer Magazine. She has taught Creative Writing in both high school and university. She also publishes young adult fantasy under the pen name JM Stephen.

Jessica loves Virginia Woolf, very long walks, and currently lives in southern Vermont where she writes for the very local newspaper, The Deerfield Valley News.

Website: https://www.jessicastilling.com/
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Praise For Jessica Stilling

Bronx Council of the Arts Chapter One Award for The Beekeeper’s Daughter

“Stilling’s take on this familiar tale is provocative and poignant, rich with emotion and powerfully described, laced with profound contemplation about dying too soon and growing up too quickly.”- Publisher’s Weekly review of Betwixt and Between

“At turns happy and unbearably sad, Betwixt and Between is a beautifully realized re-imagining of a classic story that will enchant readers as the original did.”- Booklist starred review of Betwixt and Between

“A suspenseful read. Jessica Stilling sets the story among a backdrop of stunning scenes of Greece described as being almost visceral with a unique compilation of romance, mystery, and self-inspection. A compelling story that comes to life off the page.”-San Francisco Book Review of the Weary God of Ancient Travelers