Sitting Down With Kaira Rouda: Author of Best Day Ever @KairaRouda @HarlequinBooks


Fall is my absolute favourite time of year; not only do I feel more content surrounded by the bright colours and cooler weather but fall marks the time where the most anticipated releases from my wishlist are published.  Enter Best Day Ever, the newest release by Kaira Rouda (which is out TODAY!) and a book that was topping my TBR pile.

I was lucky enough to be able to chat with the author, Kaira Rouda about Best Day Ever, her thoughts on book reviews and how she spends her time when she isn’t creating her novels.

Keep reading to see what Karia said during our chat!  And, stay tuned for our CJSreviews of Best Day Ever, which we made one of our September picks!

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Sitting Down With Robyn Harding: Author of The Party @SimonSchusterCA

Earlier this summer, I read The Party a novel written by Canadian author, Robyn Harding. I was completely blown away by this novel (if you missed it, my review is here). From the eloquent story telling to the intricate prose, I found this read completely unputdownable; it was not the traditional thriller that I am often drawn to but I found it completely unputdownable and quickly gave it a 5-star review!

Today, I am so excited to have Robyn Harding on Clues and Reviews answering my questions about the book, the writing process, and some serious Canadian business….oh, and there may or may not be a giveaway opportunity!!

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Sitting Down With Sarah Lotz: Author of The White Road @mulhollandbooks

Happy publication day to The White Road!  I am thrilled to welcome Sarah Lotz to Clues and Reviews to discuss her novel, The White Road, the writing process and life in general.

I read this book and absolutely LOVED IT!  It has been several weeks since I finished it and I am still talking to everyone about it.  It is one of those books that sticks with you. If you missed my review of this one, you can check it out here!

Before we hear from Sarah, here is the synopsis for The White Road

Desperate to attract subscribers to his fledgling website, ‘Journey to the Dark Side’, ex-adrenalin junkie and slacker Simon Newman hires someone to guide him through the notorious Cwm Pot caves, so that he can film the journey and put it on the internet. With a tragic history, Cwm Pot has been off-limits for decades, and unfortunately for Simon, the guide he’s hired is as unpredictable and dangerous as the watery caverns that lurk beneath the earth. After a brutal struggle for survival, Simon barely escapes with his life, but predictably, the gruesome footage he managed to collect down in the earth’s bowels goes viral. Ignoring the warning signs of mental trauma, and eager to capitalize on his new internet fame, Simon latches onto another escapade that has that magic click-bait mix of danger and death – a trip to Everest. But up above 8000 feet, in the infamous Death Zone, he’ll need more than his dubious morals and wits to guide him, especially when he uncovers the truth behind a decade-old tragedy – a truth that means he might not be coming back alive. A truth that will change him – and anyone who views the footage he captures – forever.

Sounds pretty intense right?

Keep reading to see what Sarah Lotz had to say about the idea of the “third man factor”, her adrenline seeking experiences and how she deals with book reviews.

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Blog Tour: Sitting Down With Patricia Gibney- Author of The Missing Ones #AuthorQ&A @trisha460 @bookouture


Thrilled to be today’s stop on the Blog Tour for The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney.  For my stop, I had the opportunity to ask Patricia Gibney some of my burning questions about her novel and about life in general!

Keep reading to see what Patrica had to say about writing about tough issues, her writing process and The Missing Ones!

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Blog Tour: Getting Off On Frank Sinatra (Megan Edwards) @MeganEdwards @SmithPublicity

Thrilled to be a stop on the blog tour for Getting Off on Frank Sinatra by Megan Edwards.  This was one of our #cjsreads pick for the month of March, so stay tuned to see what we all thought about this one!

Today, I am coming at you with a Q&A from the author, Megan Edwards.

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Blog Tour: Sitting Down with Chris Beakey- Author of Fatal Option @SmithPublicity @Beaks318

Thrilled to be on the blog tour today for Fatal Option by Chris Beakey.   Today, I have a Q&A with the author.    Keep reading for a synopsis of the book and to find out more about this book!


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Author Spotlight: Lee Cockburn @lee_leecockburn

Opening up the tour for Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents, I have a spotlight of the author, Lee Cockburn for you!

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Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.

Her erotic thriller novel, Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is out tomorrow!

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Synopsis:  Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing pedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant. High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanors to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.   Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling.   

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Note from Clues and Reviews:

This book was extremely sexually explicit; I was unable to finish it myself.  However, if you enjoy erotica/erotic thrillers, this may be something you will enjoy!  It was not for me, but it will be for someone! 

Sitting Down with Sue Fortin: The Girl Who Lied Author Q&A @suefortin1 @HarperCollins

One of the most awesome things about the world of book blogging is when you get to have an amazing author featured on your blog!  So excited to have the author of The Girl Who Lied, Sue Fortin, on Clues and Reviews today!

In case you missed it, make sure you check out my review of  The Girl Who Lied (which is out TODAY!) here!

Your upcoming novel, The Girl Who Lied, features complex characters and a complex plot.  Which do you feel is more important when writing a novel?  

Hmmm, that’s a tricky opening question 🙂 I think, for me, both my characters and plot start off as quite basic and then as the book progresses I sometimes find out more about my characters and this can drive the plot on. However, other times, I might think the plot isn’t working and throw in some more twists and turns. So, I think both are important, especially with The Girl Who Lied as it’s not an out-and-out thriller but takes a look at relationships and romance too, one being more plot driven and the other more character driven.

Which character in this novel did you connect with the most? 

Being a mother myself and having daughters, I feel I connected with all the women in the book but at different levels and for different reasons. In particular, I would say, Marie, Erin’s mother, who was fiercely protective of her family and really would go to any lengths to keep to keep them from the fall-out that was about to happen. Whether I would do something as drastic as Marie, I can’t say for sure. I don’t think anyone can make that call, or indeed predict with a one hundred percent certainty, how they will react until they are in a particular position themselves.

If The Girl Who Lied was optioned for film rights, which actors/actresses would you cast to play the leads?

I think for Kerry, it would have to be Charlie Hunnam in his Sons of Anarchy role as Jacks. It’s the biker connection and the blonde hair that fits the bills nicely. As for Erin, I’m thinking a young Nicole Kidman – porcelain white skin, willowy figure and red curly hair make her a perfect candidate.

What does your writing process look like?  Are you a consistent writer?  Is it more sporadic?  Do you make an outline?  Go with the flow?  Does writing energize or exhaust you?

My writing process seems to differ ever so slightly with each book, but on the whole I like to a plan, sometimes this can be very detailed in that I know what is going to happen in every chapter, other times less si. What I try to do though is plan a few chapters at a time so I know where they are going, have an end goal and write to that. However, it’s not set in stone, as I find the story evolves as I write and quite often the characters end up doing something that I hadn’t planned. By only planning a few chapters at a time, I can keep up with them!

As I write full time, I try to fit it in around school hours for my youngest. My aim is to be at my desk by 9.30 and have five hours of writing before the afternoon school run and all that entails with being a mum to four children (albeit that two are technically adults now). It’s rare that I get those five hours as there’s always something that needs doing but I do get at least two or three hours to write. So, although I said I write full-time, that’s probably not true, in the working world those hours would be classed as part-time. Writing can both energize me when the book is going well and the words are flowing but equally can exhaust me when the writing days are tougher and time is limited. However, I’m very lucky to be able to do what I absolutely LOVE doing, so I’m not complaining – I really do enjoy the whole process.

When you aren’t writing, what do you like to do? 

Most of my spare time is spent with my family and looking after my youngest who is still at primary school. We’ve recently invested in a motor home so we have lots of plans to go travelling this year and I’m really looking forward to seeing much more of Europe in the summer holidays.  I try to read as much as possible but I’m a slow reader so it takes me ages to finish a book. I’m also a bit of a sewing enthusiast but it’s time dependant.

Thanks a bunch!!  

Thanks so much for inviting me on your blog, it’s been great answer your questions.



Sitting Down with Louise Mullins: Author Q & A/Guest Post @MullinsAuthor #guestpost #authorq&a

One of the coolest thing, hands down, about being involved in the book blogging community is the chance to connect with authors.   Thrilled to have Louise Mullins, author of What I Never Told You take over Clues and Reviews today!

Here is Louise to provide a bit of her bio and answer some questions!  If you haven’t check out my review for What I Never Told You, you can do that HERE!  Trust me, you’ll want to add this one to your TBR piles!

Without further ado, here’s Louise!

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