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Review: Red Rose Publishing September – Whispers in the Dark, & Daughters of Hollywood

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Whispers in the Dark
Cia Leah

Mainstream Romance: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery 
ISBN: 978-1-60435-778-3
Cover Artist: Missy Lyons
Editor: Wolf Cassell
Line Editor: Pam
Word Count: 32,314
Release Date: September 9, 2010

What I liked: Leah brings the suspense and intrigue when it comes to this contemporary/suspense story. I really liked the character of Amanda who herself is a novelist. I think I could relate to her being a writer myself. She’s brought back to her childhood home to help her sister, so those memories are with her, but not all is right in paradise and Amanda will have to get to the bottom of it. I really liked Amanda’s character and the way she wanted to help her family no matter what the cost. Leah does not disappoints in this one and she is sure to please you when you read this. This is one thrill ride you will not forget.


Book Blurb:

Thriller novelist, Amanda Carter returns home to her childhood lakeside home to help her pregnant sister. Memories swamp her and fill her with dread and when night descends on Whispers, she feels her old childhood fears return. She must stay and help her mentally unstable sister, Tracy, who insists she is carrying the demon’s child.

Whispers with its dark secrets and creeping lake fog enfolds many a nightmare and a terrifying killer.

 

 

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Daughters of Hollywood
The Hollywood Series: Book 2
Sally Royer-Derr

Mainstream Romance: Contemporary, Interracial/Multicultural 
ISBN: 978-1-60435-779-0
Cover Artist: Shirley Burnett
Editor: T.D. McKinney
Line Editor: Zena Gainer
Word Count: 20,432
Release Date: September 9, 2010

What I liked: Apart of the Daughters of Hollywood series from Royer-Derr comes the story of two twin sisters, Caitlyn and Isabella. Being sisters means sharing and enjoying each other, but not all is right with the Alvarez women. One will betray the other and it will have such consequences that it may even shatter the love and sisterly bond between them. Or will it? This is a very contemporary read with twists and turns that everyone will enjoy. Royer-Derr gets the sisters down pact and she mimics small siblings squabbles down. I found myself really enjoying this one because it reminded me of my own fights with my sister about life. Although it’s also part of a series, I found that I could read it stand alone, but don’t miss out of on any other parts of the series, they are sure to please your reading palette.

Book Blurb:

Smart, rich and beautiful, identical twins, Isabella and Caitlyn Alvarez, have it all. After a heated argument, one sister betrays the other with life changing consequences. Will her betrayal break the bond between them, or will the love they find in their lives bring them together again?

 

Excerpt

 

“When am I going to meet your mystery man, Cait?” Isabella asked her.   They lounged by the pool at their father’s house in Malibu.  Two days passed since Isabella found out about Cait and Austin.  She still hadn’t told Caitlyn she knew about them.

“I don’t know,” Caitlyn adjusted her yellow bikini top.  “We aren’t ready to go public yet.”

“I bet,” Isabella smirked.

“What’s that supposed to mean?”  Caitlyn shot back.  She was so sick of Isabella’s innuendos. Her sister always thought she was so much more knowledgeable about the world than her.

“Oh, nothing.” Isabella  rubbed sunscreen on her long, tan legs.

“You wouldn’t understand, Bella,” Caitlyn said sharply.  “This is a real relationship.  An adult relationship.”

“Why wouldn’t I understand?” snapped Isabella.  “I’ve been having adult relationships way longer than you.”

“You are so immature.  You don’t know what I mean.  Just take my word for it.  After all, I am the smarter one.”  Caitlyn felt bad immediately after she said those words.  She didn’t really feel that way; Isabella just made her so mad.

“Maybe book smarts,” Isabella said in a flat tone.  “But Cait, you have a lot to learn about life.”

“Why do you always try to make me feel inferior to you?” Caitlyn asked.

“I can’t help it if you feel like that, Cait. I am who I am.”

“Yeah, you’re turning into a clone of Mom,” said Caitlyn.  “In ten years, you’ll be sucking down bottles of vodka and bitching about what you could have been.”

“Shut up, Cait!”  Isabella yelled, jumping off her lounge chair.  “Don’t ever compare me to Mom!”

“That’s where you’re headed. Right down the tube with Mom.” She knew she shouldn’t say such hurtful things to her sister.  Why does Bella have to act like such a bitch sometimes? Isabella always acted like she was better than Cait, as if Caitlyn was clueless about everything in life. She was so sick of it.

“You are a bitch, Cait,” Isabella said angrily.  “You really are.”

Caitlyn watched her storm into the house.  I shouldn’t have said those things.  I’ll give her some time to cool off then we can talk.

 

Denise Alicea
the authorDenise Alicea
This blog was created by Denise in September 2008 to blog about writing, book reviews, and technology. Slowly, but surely this blog expanded to what it has become now, a central for book reviews of all kinds interviews, contests, and of course promotional venue for authors, etc

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