Monday, July 1, 2013

"Vertigo" by Gwenan Haines ~ Book Review, Author Interview & Giveaway - Ends 7/15

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Book Description:


When attorney Blake Cartwright abandons a successful career to turn a dilapidated lighthouse into an inn, everybody thinks she's gone a little bit crazy. After witnessing a body fall from the tower, Blake wonders if they might be right. According to local legend, the spirit of a former keeper's wife lures women to their deaths in the icy water below. Has Blake witnessed a suicide, seen a ghost--or is she just seeing things?

Declan Hunter, the mysterious man she hires to help with renovations, doesn't help matters. The man with the Navy SEAL physique claims to be nothing more than a local handyman, but Blake's instincts warn her not to trust him. As the mystery deepens, she finds herself drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of secrets, lies, and murder. But the most serious danger of all may be falling for a man determined to leave her.


Interview with the Author, Gwenan Haines:


1. What inspires you when you write?

Movies, books, life. When my daughter was young we used to make up bedtime stories about two girls who lived in a lighthouse and would solve mysteries. That eventually sparked the idea for Vertigo. Of course the novel’s completely different than the stories we used to tell. For one thing, there aren’t any dolphins or unicorns. Plus a couple of characters wind up dead and there are some R-rated love scenes. . .

2.  Do you have a favorite spot to write?

My office. Sounds boring and predictable, I know. Wish I could say I write by candlelight clad all in black—much more fitting, considering my subject matter. But my office is the one place in the house where I can shut the door and free myself, for a few hours, from all the daily distractions.   

3. Who is your favorite author(s)?

There are so many. I studied English in grad. school so I’ve got to start with some of the classic authors—Fitzgerald, the Brontes, Faulkner, Jane Austen. Shakespeare. I’m also a big fan of horror and suspense so I’d have to add Thomas Harris, Stephen King, and Anne Rice. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of Lisa Gardner, Wendi Corsi Staub and Karin Slaughter. For romance and fantasy, Karen Marie Moning and Gena Showalter. 

4. What are you reading now?

Guess I was getting ahead of myself with that last question. Aside from the authors mentioned above, I just finished Victoria Holt’s Kirland Revels and Eloisa James’ As You Wish.  

5. Any tips to new writers out there?

Keep at it. Write a bit every day. Don’t get overwhelmed by the idea of whole novel or series. Break it down to 1000 words a day. That’s about four pages—pretty do-able, even if you’ve got other things going n in your life. 

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Review:


Gwenan pens "Vertigo", a romantic thriller, in a truly well written plot filled with suspense, mystery, romance and a touch of the paranormal. Between her well developed characters that had some great chemistry between them, the twists/turns and the paranormal thrills, I really had a hard time putting this book down. This is one book that starts out strong and continues right to the end. Highly recommended for all romance, paranormal and mystery fans.

I give "Vertigo" a 5 star rating.


Giveaway:

First Prize: $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card
Second Prize: e-book copy of "Vertigo"

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