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Blog Tour — What Lies Below

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WHAT LIES BELOW

by

Barbara Taylor Sissel

Genre: Contemporary Mystery / Literary Suspense

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Date of Publication: May 15, 2018

Number of Pages: 334

  

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Gilly O’Connell’s nightmares aren’t just bad dreams; they’re glimpses of terrifying realities to come. Gilly has spent her entire life trying to suppress the foreboding visions. So when a dismissed premonition leads to her husband’s murder, she buries the guilt and pain of the unsolved crime in the only way she knows how—she runs from it.

Three years later, after overcoming a battle with addiction and starting over in a small Texas town, Gilly dares to believe the worst is over. That is, until another crime rips her heart open: the abduction of a three-year-old girl. Gilly knows more about it than anyone…

She’s dreaming again.

Gilly is convinced that if she tells the police she dreamed of the kidnapping before it happened, there’s no way they’ll believe her. But when she finally gets the courage to come forward with what she saw, people don’t see her as crazy—they see her as a suspect.

Now, in order to help a desperate single father save his child, Gilly must first clear her own name. But as the nightmares of the past catch up to her, Gilly’s only chance for salvation might be the dreams she’s spent so long trying to ignore.

PRAISE FOR WHAT LIES BELOW:

“Infused with heart-stopping suspense, emotional resonance, and startling imagery, What Lies Below swept me along a river of urgency and dread. Barbara Taylor Sissel effortlessly weaves together prescience, regret, grief, love, and revenge—all wrapped in the mystery of a young girl’s abduction. Beneath the breathless immediacy of the story lie deeper questions: How do we forgive ourselves—and others—for remembered transgressions, and can we ever break free of the past?” —A. J. Banner, #1 Amazon and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Neighbor and The Twilight Wife

“Barbara Taylor Sissel’s What Lies Below is suspense at its finest—heartrending, compelling, and beautifully written. If you’re looking for your next up-all-night read, look no further.” —Jessica Strawser, author of Almost Missed You and Not That I Could Tell

“I cannot emphasize this enough: you must read What Lies Below. Barbara Taylor Sissel manages to combine an unreliable narrator, twisting plot, and well imagined characters to create a world where nothing is as it seems and secrets abound. I had intended to savor the novel’s lovely prose but wound up devouring the book in a day. Simply fantastic.” —Karen McQuestion, bestselling author of Hello Love

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ON WRITING, PART TWO

GUEST POST BY BARBARA SISSEL

(originally posted 9/21/17 on Women Writers, Women’s Books)

Click to read PART ONE, posted on the 5/22/18 blog stop with Lone Star Book Blog Tours

I was often the one fighting tears, listening to the stories, the often-heartbreaking ways in which a family’s life was altered by their son’s crime. I hadn’t ever thought of crime in terms of collateral damage before, especially when it came to the families of the perpetrators.

When my first son was born, and we brought him home to the prison, a few days later, when I was asked to come down to the dining hall on a pretext, I was reluctant. I looked awful for one thing. I was the picture of the exhausted new mom. But when I got there the scene that greeted me brought me to tears.

Those guys had collected gifts for my baby. They’d had one of their moms make a quilt, chipped in to buy a savings bond, booties, a box of diapers. They’d made dinner for me and baked a cake. Inmates, in a prison! Now that I had my own child, a son, I thought about it—how despite the way he was raised, things could go wrong. I might one day be the mother of an inmate. I’d met a few such mothers; I knew firsthand they weren’t different from me.

After I finished my first novel, I saw an article in the Houston Chronicle about a relatively young guy on death row, located then at the Walls unit in Huntsville. He was labeled a volunteer because he had declined further appeals and asked the judge to set the date of his execution. It sent a chill through me.

I wondered how it must be to know the date of your death, what it must feel like, watching the days pass until that day arrives. And then I thought: What must it feel like to be his mother? I wrote the book, the second book, exposing my idea of that journey and how it might unfold. I couldn’t stop myself.

After we left Kentucky, we received Christmas cards from several of the inmates through the years. Most of them turned their lives around. I think being segregated in a rural setting with lots of one-on-one counseling from gifted counselors like my husband was key to their success.

At the time the program was in place, the inmate recidivism rate dropped a significant amount. And a seed was planted in my brain, one that I continue to nourish, or possibly it continues to nourish me.

The books I’ve authored aren’t the ones I planned to write. They evolved out of my experience, where I was given a bird’s eye view of the indomitability of the human spirit and the heart’s capacity to love and to forgive. Along the way, I conceived of a tagline, which pretty much sums it up: At the heart of every crime, there’s a family, someone you love. In every book, I search for the place where it’s impossible to forgive, impossible to allow love to heal. I haven’t found it yet.

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Barbara Taylor Sissel writes issue oriented, upmarket women’s fiction that is threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime affects the family. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was raised in various locations across the US and once lived with her family on the grounds of a first offender prison facility. The experience, interacting with the inmates and staff, provided a unique insight into the inmate’s lives, the circumstances behind the crimes they committed, and the impact on the families that were affected. The bestselling author of nine novels, her stories focus on the family at the heart of the crime. An avid gardener and the mother of two grown sons, Barbara lives in the Texas Hill Country. She’s represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

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SIGNED COPY OF BOOK + BOOKMARK + $15 AMAZON GIFT CARD 

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SIGNED COPY OF BOOK + BOOKMARK

MAY 15-24, 2018

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VISIT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:

5/15/18 Excerpt Texas Book Lover
5/16/18 Review Dressed to Read
5/17/18 Author Interview That’s What She’s Reading
5/18/18 Review The Clueless Gent
5/19/18 Notable Quotable/Bonus Review The Love of a Bibliophile
5/20/18 Notable Quotable Story Schmoozing Book Reviews
5/21/18 Review A Page Before Bedtime
5/22/18 Guest Post Part 1 Reading by Moonlight
5/23/18 Guest Post Part 2 Books in the Garden
5/24/18 Review Book Fidelity

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Bloggers’ Choice Awards WINNERS! Best Romance, Mystery, & Fantasy! Lone Star Book Blog Tours

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The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in!  From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017.

From February 15-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it!

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The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell [See my review!]

Death in D Minor by Alexia Gordon

Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell

Hidden Sea by Miles Arceneaux

Bombshell by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

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Badlands by Melissa Lenhardt

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer [See my review!]

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday

Loving Luther by Allison K. Pittman

Comfort Plans by Kimberly Fish

Cowboy, It’s Cold Outside by Lori Wilde

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz [See my review!]

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Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

One Night in Sixes by Tex Thompson

Bluster’s Last Stand by Preston Lewis

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AWARDS SCHEDULE:

2/14: Awards Announcement

2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept

2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western

2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series

2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual

2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy / Alternate History

2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author

2/21: Best Texas Book

2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book

2/23: Best Fiction Book

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PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

Best Mystery / Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy / Alternate History

2/19/2018

A Page Before Bedtime
Books and Broomsticks
Books in the Garden
Carpe Diem Chronicles
Chapter Break Book Blog
Forgotten Winds
Hall Ways Blog
Missus Gonzo
Momma on the Rocks
The Librarian Talks
Reading by Moonlight
Rebecca R. Cahill
StoreyBook Reviews
Syd Savvy
Tangled in Text
Texas Book Lover

 

Come back tomorrow for the next award announcements!

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Blog Tour — The Secret Room

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THE SECRET ROOM

(Amber-Autumn Series, #4)

by

JOHN ALEXANDER

  Genre: Children’s Mystery / Chapter Book

Date of Publication: October 14, 2017

Number of Pages: 159

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Blog Tour — Bombshell

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BOMBSHELL

(What Doesn’t Kill You, #9)

An Ava Romantic Mystery

by

PAMELA FAGAN HUTCHINS

Genre: Romantic Mystery / R-Rated

Publisher: SkipJack Publishing

Date of Publication: July 11, 2017

Number of Pages: 236

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Blog Tour — The Unremembered Girl

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THE UNREMEMBERED GIRL

by

ELIZA MAXWELL

Genre: Psychological Suspense / Mystery

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Date of Publication: November 1, 2017

Number of Pages: 332

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Blog Tour — The Curse of Sacerdozio

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THE CURSE OF SACERDOZIO

a tale of judicial conspiracy

The Supremes, Book 1

by

GLEN AARON

Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Mystery

Publisher: BookBaby

Date of Publication: June 1, 2017

Number of Pages: 275

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Stacking the Shelves · Tag/Meme

Stacking the Shelves – September 2

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the August edition. Titles link to Goodreads.

Bought

Death on Paradise Creek by Dianne Smithwick-Braden

The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer

Borrowed

Safe Bet by Monica Murphy

Won/Gifted/ARC

Down A Lost Road: Extended Edition by J. Leigh Bralick

What did you add to your shelves recently?

❤ Julia