Sunday, April 16, 2017

Evidence of Things Not Seen: Review + Giveaway


EVIDENCE
OF THINGS NOT SEEN 
By Lindsey Lane
  Genre: YA /  Mystery / Suspense
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Date of Publication: December 16, 2015
Number of Pages: 240
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Tommy Smythe is missing.
Fact: Tommy was good at physics and less good at basic human interactions.
Fact: Tommy recorded his thoughts and observations in a notebook.
Fact: Tommy believed in the existence of parallel universes.
Fact: Tommy was adopted. The facts are simple. The conclusions to be drawn from the facts are not simple. Did he run away to find his birth parents? Did he slip through a wormhole and enter one of the multiple universes he believed in? Did he simply wander off?  Only one thing is certain: until a possibility is proven true, all possibilities exist. Told through multiple perspectives, here is a story about how residents of a small town seek answers to the mystery of a teen’s disappearance. 
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PRAISE FOR EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN:
“In her first novel for teens, Lane offers a gripping and genre bending mosaic.” - Publishers Weekly

“Complex and Rich” - Horn Book

"This is the kind of book you tuck in with and escape into, and it will stay with you long after you finish the last lines.  Haunting and beautiful.” - Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About AliceDevoted, and Afterward

“The narrative jiggers between unexpected opposites—joy and fear, love and violence, grief and hope—all the while holding forth the constant idea that the world offers us credible evidence of what seems impossible if we only know where to look.”  J.L. Powers, author of AminaThis Thing Called The Future, and the forthcoming Broken Circle

"Ever look at a pearl and notice that its one color is, in fact, many colors? That’s the beauty of EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN, the stunning debut novel by Lindsey Lane.” - Conrad Wesselhoeft, author of Adios NirvanaDirt Bikes, Drones and Other Ways To Fly
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Going into Evidence of Things Not Seen, I was expecting a good mystery and a captivating story. I knew the narration was told from multiple perspectives, so I was a little wary because it's such a difficult thing for a writer to successfully pull-off.  Author Lindsey Lane pulled it off and made it easy to keep up with the different narrators. 

As I delved in to the story, I found myself becoming more and more intrigued with the many characters in the life of the missing boy, Tommy. Each chapter gives something different to the reader, with side stories, information regarding Tommy's disappearance, interactions with Tommy before his disappearance, and possible theories about where he is and whether he's alive. 

For me, the side stories were so well-written that I found them more interesting than the overall mystery.  Lane's characterization was excellent. Her writing made me feel like I knew these teens, and I wanted to find out more about what happened to them and wonder now about how they are doing. I wanted to know more about how they encountered Tommy when he was around. I wanted to soak up as much of these characters as I could. 

I would consider this a New Adult book rather than YA. There is material here that is definitely too mature for some teens. The story went into graphic detail that I could have done without and that I definitely feel younger readers don't need. Just because those realities may exist in the world doesn't mean readers need them described in detail.  To Lane's credit, as disturbing as the scenes were, they were all incredibly written.  

For readers who need closure in their endings, Evidence of Things Not Found; it's not that kind of story. I can make my peace with the ending because it is a reflection of how things happen in real-life -- we don't always get the answers we want or need.  

Overall, I'd recommend to all of you to give this one a try. It's definitely worth the read and it's very thought provoking. Four stars. 


Lindsey Lane is the author of the young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen (Farrar Straus Giroux) and the award-winning picture book and iTunes app Snuggle Mountain (Clarion/PicPocket Books). She is represented by Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Before she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010, Lindsey was a features journalist (Austin Chronicle and Austin American Statesman) and an award-winning playwright (The Miracle of Washing Dishes). Lindsey is a featured presenter at schools and conferences and universities and also teaches writing at Austin Community College, Writers League of Texas, and the Writing Barn. She lives in Austin, Texas but loves to travel, especially to the ocean. She loves books, films, good food and her cadre of dear friends. Her idea of a perfect evening is having a dinner party at her home with friends from around the world and discussing everything under the sun while eating, drinking, and laughing. 
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Monday, April 3, 2017

A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot: Character Interview

A STOLEN HEART
Cimarron Creek Trilogy #1
by
AMANDA CABOT

  Genre: Historical Romance / Christian
Publisher: Revell / Baker Publishing Group
Date of Publication: March, 2017
Number of Pages: 352  Scroll down for Giveaway!


"Endearing characters, a tender love story, and intriguing mystery all work together to make Amanda Cabot's A Stolen Heart a compelling and enjoyable read."

—Margaret Brownley, author of Left at the Altar
Bestselling author Amanda Cabot takes readers back in time to the 1880s Texas Hill Country in her new historical romance novel, A Stolen Heart. This is the first book in a brand-new series packed with tension, mystery, and a tender love story that readers won’t soon forget.
Cimarron Creek seemed like an idyllic Texas town. But as soon as former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford stepped onto its dusty streets, she noticed a deep-seated resentment of Northerners—like her. 
That won’t get Lydia down, though. She looks forward to the day when she reunites with her fiancĂ©—until she discovers her fiancĂ© has disappeared without a trace and has left behind a pregnant wife. The handsome Cimarron Creek sheriff urges Lydia to trust him, but she is having a hard time trusting anyone in a town where secrets and suspense prevail.
Cabot weaves an elegant tale of pure love amidst heartache. With an absorbing plot and engaging characters, A Stolen Heart is a springtime showstopper fit for every historical romance reader.




A Conversation with Bertha Henderson, the Matriarch of Cimarron Creek

How does it make you feel, being the matriarch of Cimarron Creek?
Old.  And, no, my dear, I’m not going to tell you how old I am.  Some things are best left to the imagination.

I imagine you’ve seen a lot of changes in the town since you and the others founded it.
Indeed, I have.  When we arrived, there was nothing here but a bunch of trees and what the explorers called Muddy Creek.  The first thing my husband and the other men did was change the creek’s name.  Typical men!   They wouldn’t listen to me when I told them Cimarron wasn’t the right name, but even I had to admit that it was better than Muddy.  Once that was decided, the real work started, and within a month, we had houses and stores and the start of what I think is the most beautiful town in the Hill Country.   

Mind you, it hasn’t been all sweetness and light.  Some of our residents haven’t recovered from the wounds the War Between the States and those dreadful Carpetbaggers inflicted.  One of my nephews disagrees with me, but I don’t believe Northerners will ever be welcome here.  That’s a bit ironic, don’t you think, since the Founding Families came from Illinois?  The sad thing is we have a man who disappeared without a trace, but since he was a Northerner, not too many people are upset about that.

I’ve heard some people say you Founding Families have a sense of noblesse oblige.  Is that true?
Why, of course it is.  We have responsibilities to the town, and we take them seriously.  From the very beginning, we knew each of us needed to set an example and serve the townspeople in some way.  The only time I disagreed with that was when my husband …  Don’t raise your eyebrow.  I’m not going to finish that sentence.  I should never have mentioned it.  

All right, then.  On a happier note, what do you like best about Cimarron Creek?
The people.  Oh, we have one or two residents that I’d like to encourage to move to Dallas or San Antonio or maybe even farther away, but most of them are caring, God-fearing people.  I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Cimarron Creek sounds just about perfect.  Is there anything missing?
A candy store.  You look surprised.  Didn’t you think a woman my age would still have a sweet tooth?  I assure you I do.  A candy store is just what the town needs.  And, yes, there’s one more thing we need: a wife for my grand-nephew Travis.



 Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet Lake, In Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers’ Best. She lives in Wyoming.
  
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