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Book Tour, Book Review & Giveaway: The Keeper by Luke Delaney with Bonus Content: Q & A with Author Luke Delaney!!!

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Title: The Keeper (Book #2 in the D.I. Sean Corrigan series)

Author: Luke Delaney

Genre: Crime/Thriller/Detective

Publish Date: July 29, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

~ Synopsis ~

The second novel in the DI Sean Corrigan series – authentic and terrifying crime fiction with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.

DI Sean Corrigan is different to most cops. He’s no psychic, but his own dark past has given him the ability to step into a crime scene and see it through the eyes of the offender. He understands what drives a person to commit murder, rape, arson – but sometimes his gift seems more like a burden.

When the brutally murdered body of a young woman is found in the woods, Corrigan and his team are on the case. But this is not the act of a one-time offender. They’re on the trail of someone who has been taking women from their homes and keeping them captive before disposing of their bodies.

This killer is looking for the perfect woman – and when he finds her, he’s going to keep her. Whether she likes it or not…

~ Robbie’s Review ~

Thomas Keller is a pathetic little man – abused and abandoned as a child. . .the subject of ridicule and humiliation at the hands of his co-workers as an adult, he searches desperately for the one person who has ever shown him kindness. In The Keeper, author Luke Delaney effectively takes his readers into the mind of a mad man and Thomas Keller is utterly and completely mad. . .a ticking time bomb primed to explode at any moment.  Keller’s ill-fated star is about to collide with that of DI Sean Corrigan, an unusual man who seems to have an almost supernatural ability to enter the mind of  the killer in the crimes he investigates.

“I have to be able to think like him if we’re going to find him quickly.  I . . .I know so much about him already, but there were too many gaps.  I needed to know why he’s really doing this.  Love? Hate? Anger? Power? Acceptance?”  ~ Sean

Sean is charged with finding a missing woman despite the fact that his usual field of expertise is murder investigation.  And the case suddenly turns into a murder investigation when a body is discovered, even though it’s not the missing woman.  The killer  seems to be taking and keeping the same woman again and again and, as if there isn’t enough pressure on Sean to solve the case , he must conduct his investigation under the most stressful of circumstances.  His sergeant, Sally Jones is recovering from a traumatic and mentally crippling injury which may have left her unfit for duty, his wife Kate is pressuring him to move to New Zealand to make a better life for his family and DI Corrigan is saddled with  a bête noir in the very attractive form of Anna Ravenni-Ceron, a criminal psychiatrist, whose help he neither wants nor needs.

This book is terrifyingly gripping.  I absolutely could not put it down!  It doesn’t just take us into the mind of the killer, but even more chilling….we are forced to enter the minds of the victims.  We sense their fear. . .

Louise remembered he had called her Sam too.  I’ve come to take you home, Sam.  Just like I promised I would.  She felt the sickness rising in her stomach, the foul, bitter bile pushing up through her throat and into her mouth.  They were replacements for someone else – replacements for whoever the hell Sam was.

their determination to survive…

“But if I’m going to die, if I’m never going to see my husband again, when the truth of what’s happened here comes out, I want him to know that I tried, I fought back, I wasn’t meekly slaughtered like some farmyard animal.  I want him to be proud of me.  I want him to know.” ~ Louise

and ultimately their hopeless acceptance of their fates.

Her pain and terror weren’t going to be over quickly, in a place she had no fear of.  No, he was going to take her away from here, to a place she could only imagine the horror of.  A place she might never leave, alive or dead.

I highly recommend The Keeper to readers who are hooked on psychological thrillers.  The book is well-written, the plot is complex and the characters exceptionally well-developed.  There are a lot of twists and turns along the road and an ending that is both satisfying and titillating.  Don’t turn off the lights. . .especially if your name is Sam! :-D

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author.  I was not paid to read or review this book.  All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.

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Luke Delaney Q & A

Can you tell us a little about yourself?  Cofffee Books & Art

I guess I’m older than I am younger – married with a bunch of kids and I live in the UK. I was a cop in London for almost seventeen years – most of it as a detective investigating any and all crimes you could imagine. I retired early due to the poor wages and working conditions which is a shame because I loved it. It was my true calling I think. Now I write novels, look after kids and few other things too. Not as much fun, but the pay sure is better.

Can you tell us about your book The Keeper, and what influenced you to write this specific story?  Mythical Books

The book is all about victims and how different people react to being one. Even the bad guy in The Keeper is a victim, which in truth is how it really works out to be. Truly evil men are few and far between and I just wanted to show that most killers are created by their own tragic pasts. It was a reaction to constantly seeing the mob calling for murderers and paedophiles to be publically hung or electrocuted. All that stuff leaves me cold.

What would D.I. Sean Corrigan think of author Luke Delaney?  a good book can change your view for life

Because Luke Delaney was actually a real detective I think Corrigan would at the very least respect him, although he doesn’t really seem to like anyone that much. If Delaney hadn’t been a cop then Corrigan wouldn’t give him the time of day and would resent someone who hasn’t done the job for real writing about it and making money out of it. He’s a bit of a stickler for that sort of thing.

How did you choose the genre you write in or did it choose you?  Room With Books

It chose me. My dad always used to say that the best writers write about what they know about – so it was always going to be crime fiction for me – to start with anyway.

What would the theme song for The Keeper be?  Eskimo Princess Book Reviews

Easy! Jeremy by Pearl Jam! The perfect song for The Keeper. I actually tried to use the lyrics for the song in the book, but Pearl Jam couldn’t agree to agree to let me, so I had to compromise. Shame!

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?  Book Groupies

I think my favorite bit in the book is actually in a section of chapter 6, page 185-192 when Corrigan quizzes the rather hapless Neighborhood Watch guy – Douglas Levy. In those few pages you can learn all you need to know about Corrigan: Determined, but dark. Intuitive, but merciless.

Do you work with an outline or just write?  orchard book club

I always plan quite meticulously – to test the story line’s strength and to make any plot changes easier i.e. make them before you start writing, otherwise things can get very confusing.

If you could describe the DI Sean Corrigan series in 3 words what would they be?  Trina’s Tantilising Tidbits

Authentic. Uncompromising. Challenging.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in a way either growing up or as an adult?  Deal Sharing Aunt

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris – without a doubt the best crime fiction book I’ve still ever read. The first time I read it I was a young cop and the accuracy of the atmosphere portrayed in it blew me away. It’s my benchmark book and the one I’m always trying to equal.

You’ve been given the task to host a last minute dinner party. Which authors are on your ultimate dinner invitation list? Alive or dead.  All Blogs

Thomas Harris for sure, then probably JD Salinger and Graham Greene.

~ About the Author ~

Luke Delaney joined the Metropolitan Police Service in the late 1980s, and his first posting was to an inner-city area of South East London notorious for high levels of crime and extreme violence. He later joined the Criminal Investigations Department, where he investigated murders ranging from those committed by fledgling serial killers to gangland assassinations.

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Review Blitz * FILTHY BEAUTIFUL LIES by Kendall Ryan

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Erotic Romance

Rating 3.5 out 5 stars

Reviewed by Yesi

SYNOPSIS

**Warning: this book contains an addictively filthy alpha male who will dampen your panties and own your days and nights. Proceed at your own risk.** 

Meet Colton Drake… I have no idea why she auctioned off her virginity for a cool mill. Regardless, I’m now the proud new owner of a perfectly intact hymen. A lot of good that will do me. I have certain tastes, certain sexual proclivities. My cock is a bit more discriminatory than most. And training a virgin takes finesse and patience – both of which I lack.

Sophie Evans has been backed into a corner. With her sister’s life hanging in the balance, the only choice is to claw her way out, even if that means selling her virginity to the highest bidder at an exclusive erotic club. When Colton Drake takes her home, she quickly learns nothing is as it seems with this beautifully troubled man. Being with him poses challenges she never expected, and pushes her to want things she never anticipated.

A sinfully seductive erotic romance where everything has a price and the cost of love is the highest of all from New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Kendall Ryan

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The WOW factor was in full effect when I first read the synopsis for Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan. My thoughts about the story, the characters, and the outcome were in overdrive and I just could not wait to get started. Having read previous works by Ms. Ryan I fully expected to be overwhelmed by this book. I mean seriously, a million dollars for a girl’s virginity? Goodness!

“I can’t let my new owner get inside my head. He might be buying the rights to my body, but he’ll certainly never have the real me. I need to remember that.”

I am pretty sure she quickly forgot… Sophie is good heroine, selfless, innocent, sweet, and as it turns out a little too trusting. Colton Drake is hot as sin, charming, has a filthy mouth, and can indeed cause panties to combust. Yet, I felt that there was something missing. The prologue immediately drew me in and the story kept me intrigued. Ms. Ryan doesn’t mess around and gets straight to the point. The story as it develops though, starts to fade away from the synopsis and what I had envisioned this book to be. I expected this dominant, alpha male who was going to turn this girl’s innocent world upside down. What I got was a wonderful man with a heart and a conscience, which by all means is great, just not what I expected. The story does have its twists, turns, and a mother of an ending so it did keep my interest and definitely left me wanting so much more.

“He seems so calm and in control, it makes me wonder what might be lurking under the surface of that composed demeanor and expensive suit.”

Filthy Beautiful Lies is a quick read and when I finished I felt like it was the calm before the storm. I absolutely cannot wait for book two Filthy Beautiful Love. I have a feeling that what is behind that expensive suit is going to rock my world. It will be explosive, it will be angsty, and it will most definitely be GOOD… I hope.

“Everything about him is intensely male and perfect, it’s hard not to react. My body pulses with electric heat, as feelings I never imagined I’d have course through me. Interest. Desire. Lust. He’s attractive, fit and intelligent, there is nothing about him, at least physically not to like, but he bought me for heaven’s sake. I should feel repulsed, not excited and slightly turned on.”

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.

She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.

Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras

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The Captive by Grace Burrowes (Review)

18487090Title: The Captive (Captive Hearts #2)

Author: Grace Burrowes

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Historical Romance Regency Period.

Publish Date: July 1, 2014

Publisher: Source Books

~ Synopsis ~

He’ll never be free…

Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart…

Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian’s devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian’s heart is only beginning.

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 ~ Karen Ponders ~

I stumbled upon this author purely by chance as I wanted a happily ever after historical read. If you read my reviews you will know up until a year and a half ago I had not read much historical fiction.  I was tooling around Amazon, as I sometimes do clicking and clicking and Grace Burrowes books popped up.  So I clicked and read the synopsis, I was hooked by the blurb.  So I  plunged into the world of Christian Severn, the tortured English officer newly returned to England, and what his life had become.   I was enamored with the tragic, Duke of Mercia.  He returned to England, to find his world completely destroyed and him more a curiosity than a man.

Enter in a whirlwind his wife’s cousin by marriage Gillian. Gillian is recently widowed and has been taking care of the Duke’s young daughter Lucy.  Lucy needs her papa, and Gillian is going to do everything in her power to make sure papa steps up to the plate.  Gillian chatters a lot, to cover up that she isn’t as confident as she appears.

The Duke is a shell of his former self, he has be physically and psychologically tortured, by the French, during the war.  Burrowes does an excellent job of exhibiting Christian struggle with PTSD (okay Regency Romance it would have been shell shock, and some of the first cases were medically reported during this war) but same thing.  The only motivation that is keeping Christian moving is revenge and vengeance against his captors.   His body may have been physical freed, but Christian is still being held captive by the past.  His body and his mind were both ravaged, and coming home didn’t void his torment.

Gillian is in a similar situation, she is held captive by herself doubt, as she endured a marriage from hell, and her husbands death resulted in an inquest.  She is lucky she covered her pretty little behind, and was never alone with him after he fell ill.  She has suffered in her short life, suffered alone; and without the support of anyone.  A woman’s lot in

Burrowes writes a charming, elegant, story of love, revenge, betrayal and renewal.  The soul learns lessons and the characters in Burrowes books have been graced with lessons that have changed their lives and enriched their souls.

 

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~ About the Author ~

GraceBurrowes-LowResGrace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was a such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Music in Music History, (both from The Pennsylvania State University); a Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a Juris Doctor from The National Law Center at The George Washington University. Her debut novel, The Heir was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Top Five Romances for 2010, and is the first in an eight-sibling historical romance series published by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Music in Music History, (both from The Pennsylvania State University); a Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a Juris Doctor from The National Law Center at The George Washington University.

Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Novelist, Inc. and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writer’s conferences. If you’d like Grace to speak or present at your conference, contact her here. Giving back to the industry is a large part of the fun of being published!

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