19 07, 2015

OLIVAY by Deborah Reed

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OLIVAY by Deborah ReedOlivay by Deborah Reed
Published by Amazon Publishing on July 7th 2015
Pages: 272
Length: 6 hours, 51 minutes
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Psychological, Thrillers, Suspense
Paperback provided by St. Martin's Press, TLC Book Tours

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We don t believe that our lives can change in an instant until they do.

Olivay, widowed for a year and sleepwalking through life, meets Henry by chance. She takes him to her Los Angeles loft, thinking it will just be for the night. But the following morning, bombs detonate across the city; mayhem and carnage fill the streets; and her loft is covered in broken glass and her own blood. Henry is skittish, solicitous, and strangely distracted. Who is this man she s marooned with as the city goes on lockdown? Why is she catching him in lie after lie? Is he somehow connected to her husband s death and the terrorist attacks outside?

With eloquent and suspenseful prose, "Olivay" explores the wreckage of loss and the collision of grief, desire, and terror in its aftermath. As the characters get pushed outside their comfort zones, forced to walk the thin line between destruction and salvation, "Olivay" keeps readers guessing what will become of Olivay and Henry until the very end."

Olivay is a book that draws you in and makes you want to find out what happens to the protagonist. From the first page we get the feel that this story won’t be an easy read. Something horrifying happens in the first chapter and filters the lens for Olivay. Every thing else stems […]

11 08, 2014

Inga’s Zigzags by Vica Miller

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Inga’s Zigzags by Vica MillerInga's Zigzags by Vica Miller
Published by Ladno Books on May 14th 2014
Pages: 352
Genres: Fiction, Romance
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"In this well-written debut novel... Miller engagingly presents a heroine caught between contradictions: New York and Moscow; flashy glamour and self-pitying nostalgia; certainty and doubt. A sexy tale with plenty of Russian atmosphere.."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"A thrilling ride that zigzags right to your heart." -- Lara Vapnyar, Author of The Scent of Pine

Inga's Zigzags is the story of a 28-year-old Russian woman who, after a decade in New York, returns to post-perestroika Moscow to start her own business. When her prospects fall through and she finds herself far from the heart of the action, she meets Emma and Alexandra, a pair of wealthy and well-connected magazine publishers, who lure Inga into their bed and then propose to launch a company together. When the threesome starts to fall apart, Inga is forced to make some difficult choices to find her way through the labyrinth of Moscow's intrigues and heartbreaks, to reclaim her destiny. The book is about evolving, finding one's place in life, about a yearning to belong and feel accepted. Inga Belova is a New Yorker who has an MBA but feels misplaced. She is a double single - as in, divorced with no boyfriend - but then she finds double love. Yet she continues to feel in between - countries, jobs, lovers. She questions her sexuality, national identity, career and loyalty. Will she ever settle? Whom does she love? What is her life's calling? To find the answers, we follow her from New York to Moscow to St. Petersburg to Miami to London and then to Moscow again. "Tradition demands that heroines in Russian literature fare poorly. Tolstoy's Karenina jumps in front of a train; Karamzin's Poor Liza drowns herself in a pond, Pasternak's Lara dies in the Gulag. In Inga's Zigzags, Vica Miller's saucy first novel, that tradition may have met its match. Meet Inga Belova, love child of Perestroika, Glasnost, and the global economy, whose vocational ambitions are exceeded only by her appetite for sex. Inga doesn't throw herself in front of trains; she is the train." - Peter Selgin, author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007 Flannery O'Connor Award for Fiction

Some books are able to take you to a place, show you around, and make you feel like you are right there experiencing it with the characters. The authors descriptive details show you the scene and then you are right there with the characters going through the dialog. Inga’s Zigzags took me all […]

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