“Just A Book Promoter & Author Ramblings”. . .

Hello and Welcome Friends, Visitors and Readers,


What a week it has been for me and my little side venture of book and social media promoting!
Well it has grown. Not complaining of course, but its only little old me running this show. . .LOL.
Awesome news this week! I have gained 2 new friends who are fantastic action/suspense/thriller writers, and they both have new books and novel series that just released on Amazon.com books. . .
I WELCOME Crime Novelist, Wayne Andrewartha and Author & Prolific Writer, Vinnie Sorce to our Book Promoting family this week!


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Both e-book now available for $2.99 . . .
Wayne has a wonderful Guest Author Spotlight up already here on my book promo blog here, so I hope you’ll take the time to give it a read and learn more about him and his novel series.

Vinnie Sorce will be featured this week with his Guest Author Spotlight come the beginning of this week, so make sure you come back and learn more about him as well. They both are already receiving fantastic 5 Star Amazon Reviews for their new releases, and as I always say, that tells readers that they are worth a read.

Now the hardest part, and the most time-consuming is setting up all my clients social media accounts so readers can connect with the fine authors I have the honor of promoting. We are a like a family of friends and authors helping each other share our craft as writers to give readers books they will enjoy reading, and to give visitors here many choices of genres to pick from. Now I realize I’m just a “little fish” in the book promotions area? But what I do try to pride myself on is the Excellent Client Service I offer all my clients. They know I’m only a phone call or email away if they need help or have questions. And as Author, Vinnie Sorce said in his blog post I shared previous to this post?

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I do try to be affordable for authors. So I try to keep my costs “insanely low” as Vinnie said. LOL. Now with that said, am I perfect? NO. Do I make a mistake here or there? Sometimes, but my clients know I am efficient at correcting any they may find, or if they don’t like when adding content to their sites. I never take things personal. There always need to be room for corrective advice in order to be ‘The Best’ at what I do and provide.

But here is what sets me apart from many other Book Promoting offerings and sites out there. I try to also teach my clients how to book promote along the way, ( If they want to learn). The reasons? Well first, there are many new and first time authors who need help and direction in how to book promote. I am an author myself, I was also promised that my book would be promoted by my publishing company, but if you don’t ‘GET IT IN WRITING’ as part of your publishing agreement or contract? You won’t get any.  Your lucky if your provided a Press Release to use for promoting your book.

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Now I’m not downing publishers, but there are a lot of disillusioned first time authors out there holding the bag on doing their own book promoting. So I try to teach them the Why’s and How’s of  book promoting. Lets face it, many writers and authors hire me so they have the comfort of knowing someone is out promoting while they continue to write, live life, or just have 2 people promoting, which is always better than ONE. And if you have been a published author of many books? Than you know the tireless hours you need to put in to promote ones book. It sure does not happen over night! It takes time to build a readership and following, and that is why I promote through out social media and list my clients books on the abundant free book promo sites I can find.

Now I’ very aware of all the different types and ways of book promotions in the book promo market. That is why I continue to research all the time on low-cost or free book sites I can list my clients books. Many times you get a nice bio profile to share and more. I’m always passing on tips, articles, sites and more to my clients each week. You have to be willing to try anything in this market of book promotions to find what gets GOOD results. And I’m not hesitant to try something new at least once! LOL. That’s the name of the game “-)

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So that is just my take about book and social media promotions. I hope it helps you to learn a bit, and understand how much work, which is my “Passion,” to promote books. Have a question? Please don’t hesitate to ask in my Comment Section. I’d be happy to help. And check out my page of, “Catherine’s Tips and Advice on Book Promotions” while your here. There is some awesome stuff for you!


“Lyon Book Promotions by Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon” “-)

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A Mother’s Day Special Guest Author Spotlight! I Welcome Author, Rusty Blackwood to ‘Lyon Book Promotions.’

Happy Mother’s Day Friends and Readers!

Miss Carson Doan of C.E. Doan Photography.

Today I welcome Author, Rusty Blackwood to my book blog. We have been friends for quite sometime now. She happened to share some special news with me to share with all of you, my fabulous readers! But before we get to the good news, let me share a wee bit more about my good friend Rusty . . . .

About The Author:
Top ranking romantic fiction author Rusty Blackwood believes the flair for fantasy is anything the mind wishes it to be, and she is a master at this. Within her expressive mind is found an endless array of romance, passion, textures and colors to sweep the reader to exotic, faraway places where anything is possible, proving that her words really do leave you breathless.

Canadian born Blackwood grew up on her paternal grandfather’s farm in south-western Ontario, Canada, where she developed her love of writing while still in grade school, entering numerous competitions and writing exhibitions throughout her area, and attributes her love of writing to her late father James, and to Gladys Carroll, her elementary teacher. Although unprofessionally trained in the field, Rusty has always had an affinity for the written word, a gift to express it, and has demonstrated this talent many times since becoming a serious writer in 2001.

She has written an eclectic array of contemporary and traditional poetry, publishing her first collection in October of 2009 entitled, “Feelings: A Rhythmic Journey in Thought,” which was later re-released in a second collection with additional content in 2011 under the title, “Impressions: A Poetic Rhythm in Emotion”. Feelings was followed in April of 2010 by a collection of assorted short stories for children, as well as the young at heart, entitled, “Young Minds,”  which was later re-released as a second collection with additional content in 2012 under the title, “Through the Eyes of Innocence.”  In March of  2012 Rusty released the short-story comedy, “The Misadventures of Derwood Tugbottom.” 

Following a previously hard-fought, misguided, and misleading publishing road into the competitive world of main-stream fiction with her first two-part romance/drama, ‘Passion in Paris’– Connections to the Past and Directions of the Heart respectively – Rusty was finally given the chance to accomplish what she had originally set out to do, and this exciting reprieve can be found within the pages of her new heart-touching romance/drama, “Passions In Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary,”  now available at the online bookstores of Create Space, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon worldwide. This beautiful romance novel is expected to be followed by the romance/drama, ’Willow’s Walk.’

The 5’1″(154.94 cm) spunky redhead is often asked how much of herself is found in her heroines, and she has been noted to say a fair amount, adding that most writer’s inspiration comes from many different aspects of life experience and reaping from them all that one can to use to one’s best advantage, so in that respect she would have to say that many sides, aspects, and flavors of her heroines derive from her own personality and life.

Rusty has always loved the Arts in their many unique forms and this is demonstrated in the two Interior Decorating and Design diplomas she holds, as well as her many years spent on the south-western Ontario stage performing with her family’s country music band, The Midnight Ramblers, and the country rock – blues band, MIRAGE  respectively as an accomplished vocalist, bassist, and rhythm guitarist.

Rusty firmly believes in going after what she wants, doing whatever is required to make it happen, and turning a deaf ear to anyone who says it cannot be done. She has faced many challenges throughout her life, emerging more determined with each, but make no mistake about her methods, for she is a firm believer in Karma and the adage that whatever you put out in life revisits you, so be sure your intentions are proper.

Ms. Blackwood now resides in the cultural city of St. Catharine’s, Ontario and when not at her keyboard, enjoys art, music, nature, gardening, and spending quality time with family, friends, and her loyal cat, Tipper.

Now here is her most current book titled; “PASSIONS In Paris, Revelations of a Lost Diary.” It has gotten Rave Reviews!
And this isn’t her first rodeo either. She has several wonderful published books released. Here is a little about “Passions In Paris” . . .

About The Book:

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Paris, one the most romantic places in the world sets the scene for one of the best romance novels to come along in ages. A romance novel, filled with creative fiction, engrossed with passion, lust and lovers who cannot get enough of one another. In the tradition of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula‘ and ‘What Dreams May Come‘, the story spans lifetimes This is what awaits you within the pages of ‘Passions in Paris: Revelations Of A Lost Diary’, one of the best romance novels to come along in years.

A writers dream, a reader’s paradise, it’s creative fiction executed fully. Paris, the bewitching City of Light sets the scene for this passionate romance novel, peppered with drama, intrigue, deception, adultery and jealousy alike, this fictional romance which centers on star-crossed lovers Joy Wychmere and Cullen Malone, is certain to touch your soul and leave you desiring more. If a good book is your goal, you will not be disappointed with this exceptional romance novel by Rusty Blackwood.

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Book Reviews:

“Exciting Tale”
I liked the book quite a lot.
And the title is certainly well-chosen, because it is a story about passionate people fighting for their love. The book is dramatic, eventful and exciting!”

This dramatic love story is a page turner and was cause for a couple very late nights of reading before I was delivered to the end of the tale!”

5 stars
“A long kindled love between two different worlds that sets ablaze forbidden emotions on a roller coaster ride of endless desire — Miss Blackwood has a rare talent to bring this and more into the minds and hearts of those who have had the privilege to be transported into her wonderful world of story telling.”

5 stars
“Fascinating book of a love story that seemed to be written with me in mind.”

Now my readers know I only ask 2 questions of my guest authors, and for this prolific writer of romance, her is a little about her writing process, and as a self published princess.

1.)  How did you know you wanted to become a writer, author, and editor?

I have loved to write since childhood. I always enjoyed English class, both English Comp, and English Lit, but my greatest enjoyment came from English Composition. It was there I could let my imagination soar and take me to wonderful places where anything was possible. I can remember numerous requirements in class with regard to writing a short essay, full length compositions, critiquing one’s work, understanding the reason behind another writer’s choice, that sort of thing, whatever the teacher’s requirement in English was on any particular day, and I well remember my excitement entering whatever piece I’d written into county fair competitions, assorted literature gatherings, and trying my best to hold my own among the imaginative pieces awaiting the judge’s final word. So many talented young writers in my area, and I was just happy to be among them and have my work before those who not only loved to read, but whose teachings and critique meant so much in helping each of us to improve. It all helped to build a better basis for each written piece that was to follow.

As strange as it sounds, writing wasn’t what I set out to do as a career, therefore I was never professionally trained in the field, but because of my affinity for the subject, I developed a keen sense of manipulating written words where I could express my feelings in a much better way than expressing them verbally. I would write assorted short stories, compose poetry, keep a diary, that sort of thing, but in 2001 I decided to try my hand at writing a novel. This decision stayed with me over the course of ten years which resulted in the writing of the original two-part Passion in Paris.

I self-published the first part, Passion in Paris: Connections to the Past in 2010, the second, Passion in Paris: Directions of the Heart in 2011, but I was never satisfied with the final product or the self publishing company that I had chosen to publish it,  so I terminated my contract and pulled my work. In 2012, after finding a new publishing outlet, I had the opportunity to totally redo the story in one book, which was the way I had originally intended it to be done in the first place. The finished novel, Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary, which I am extremely proud of, was released  in the summer of 2013. With regard to publishing any of my work, I decided at the beginning to take the self publishing route because I wanted to maintain direction of my work, as well as the Rights to it, and not have to sign either away in order to obtain a publishing contract with a Standard House.

It’s a hard road; then again any road in this field can be difficult regardless of the route chosen because nothing is certain, you just have to believe in yourself, your ability, and be sure you research every aspect of it as well as you can. When it comes to editing, I do tend to feel one improves in this area with each written piece, and I have managed to acquire a fair understanding with regard to it, however I don’t consider myself an editor in any way. I do edit my work to a certain degree as I go, but I leave the main editing to the professionals.

2.)  What is the “Best Thing” you enjoy about being a writer & author?

I love the challenge of a blank page, and letting my thoughts and imagination pull me into it. I very much love creating characters that I can mold and give life to, insert them into a world that I have created for them, and watch them flourish within it. It becomes entirely my own world where I’m in charge — most of the time that is — as characters often have a way of taking over and demanding their own way, their own words, and their own actions.

This often directs a story down a far different road than you started out on. But it’s a great feeling to watch a story that has formed in your head come to life on a page that in turn becomes a complete book. As an author you hope it will bring enjoyment to the reader, hopefully as much as it brought you to write it. I can only speak for myself and what best works for me, but I basically write for myself and my enjoyment. I think a lot of writers do, because without the enjoyment that it primarily provides, the first page would never get written . . .

So what more can I share about my wonderful friend Rusty? How about the ‘Fabulous News’ of a new book release very soon! YES! In just a few months Rusty Blackwood’s brand new book will release! And I have the pleasure of sharing it right here on ‘Lyon Book Promotions’!!

Her new book is titled; WILLOW’S WALK. Here is the book cover reveal, and about this soon to release book!

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The path each person walks is entirely their own. The pitfalls along that path, as well as the way in which they are dealt with are entirely up to the individual. Most use common sense, and are successful in their plight … But Willow Sutherland Crosby walks a far-different path, and with her own agenda … From the author of the riveting 4-star romantic fiction drama, ‘Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary,’ comes a gripping new tale, certain to hold you captive from the very first page.
Set in the beautiful city of Ottawa, Canada in 2003, this touching story centers on the life and times of a woman determined to prevail at all costs, regardless of what is set before her, the result of which is certain to leave the reader reeling in its wake. Abuse, deception, intrigue, and a never-ending quest for happiness and love. Will she find it, or will her blind determination finally take her down? This is what awaits the eye within the pages of this inspiring romance drama by romantic fiction author Rusty Blackwood.

Now I don’t know about you, but I can not wait to get my hands on a copy! I want to thank my wonderful friend Author, Rusty Blackwood for allowing me to share in her exciting new up coming book release. And for the opportunity to share her with all of you, my fabulous followers and readers. Now here is where you can connect with Rusty, but {Ssssshhhhhh her real name is Carol}, so don’t tell anyone! LOL.

First, if you love to visit author blogs/websites? Than your going to love Rusty’s! http://www.rusty-blackwood.com/
While your there, make sure you check out her’ journal’ area. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads to right here:

https://twitter.com/rusty_blackwood/  ~ Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/writerrusty?ref=ts  ~ Facebook
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4067877.Rusty_Blackwood  ~ Goodreads

Wishing all mom’s a Fabulous and Beautiful Mother’s Day,
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon & ‘Lyon Book Promotions’ . . .

Current Reader Contest Happening Now For Author, A. R. Tirant ~ Echoes From The Oasis E-book!

Hello Avid Readers and Welcome New Friends to Lyon Book Promotions!



UPDATE: I have extended the contest and e-book read time to Feb 27th!

Were you one of the “Lucky Ones” a few weeks ago who were part of the 1,499 people who downloaded, “Echoes from the Oasis” Free E-book giveaway by: Author, A.R. Tirant (Rosie)?

Well if you were? Have you finished reading this beautiful Historical Novel? Have you gone back to Amazon Kindle and placed a Book Review yet? Well what are you waiting for? Just write a few lines in the review tab and tell her, and other book shoppers how fantastic this read is. Then put your name to the review and come back here to my book blog and enter to win some “Fabulous Prizes”!

All the details are on my “Contest Page for Avid Readers, promos and giveaways.” Place your name in the Comment Section of that page and YOUR ENTERED.  You can also do the same here on this ‘Blog Post Comment Section’ too.
We have 2 Readers who have entered already, so go by my contest page for all the entry details!

Now many readers know that book reviews helps us as writers and authors to know how and if you enjoyed our books, but it also let’s us know WHAT are readers want for future reads. Let’s see what some of the readers have to say in their reviews about this Fabulous Novel! And did I mention it is going to be a novel series? Yes, more volumes are coming!
So keep visiting and will share all the release dates and news about Author, A.R. Tirant! (Rosie). . .

Here is what some readers are saying about: Echoes from the Oasis. . .

Bittersweet Enduring Love”  January 13, 2015  By elaine m. suda

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Even though I spent more time sobbing during my reading about Anna and Louis, I am still happy that their love endured. Anna still has her baby daughter to love and reminds her of the passion she shared with Louis. I look forward to reading more of your work.”

Five Stars”  January 9, 2015  By  Julia Kirk

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your book,  September 20, 2014  By Steve Layton (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, US). . .
Rosie, my dear friend, I remember the day you shared your plans about writing a novel. You never lost your enthusiasm, and over the years I witnessed your dream grow, your passion take shape and the birth of “Echoes from the Oasis”.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your book, you have done a great job and I highly recommend this novel. You transport the reader to your island home, through vivid descriptions, and your depiction of characters is amazing. You have captured the Seychelles Creole culture and painted an amazing picture of life on the islands during colonial times, as your characters from all social background and different ethnicity interact with one another.
Bravo! I can’t wait for the sequel.

Congratulations, your work has its rightful place at the archives of The Seychelles National Library, along with the work of many of your fellow authors from the Seychelles.

5 Stars! November 16, 2014 ~ Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon

Rosie has done a fine job in promoting her new novel where she had been born and raised, which in opinion, is one of the most beautiful places on earth, The Seychelles Islands.

Not only has Rosie written a beautiful fiction romance, she also shares many of the traditions, ways, and cultures of this beautiful part of the world. And the about a young woman, Anna who blossoms when she finds love. Even one of Rosie’s written characters has my first name, Catherine. Now that made me feel special. But I’m pretty confident that was well planned in her book before we had ever met.

I also have to warn you about this read, when you start reading Rosie’s book, be prepared to have a few late nights as I did. One night I didn’t turn out my reading lamp until almost 2 am. Now that’s a great read! I was so drenched into this storyline, the well written historical sites tells me the author did some research. But then again, when your born and raised where your storyline takes place, it is the past historical background Rosie really shines. She has a wonderful writing style I enjoyed as well.
That’s why I gave this beautiful read a 5 Stars! It truly is worth your time to purchase and read . . .
Author, Catherine Lyon

So many wonderful reviews, if you didn’t get your copy of her novel for free a few weeks ago, now you know by some of the shared reviews that it is worth the read! So grab or download your copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble online now, for this is what you should be reading this weekend! And for those who did download your Free E-book?
Go get your Amazon Review done and come enter here to WIN!

Lyon Book Promotions ~ Author, Catherine Lyon

Wait! Hold Up! Pay Hundreds of Dollars for a REVIEW? WHAT?

Hello Authors, Writers, Readers, and Visitors,


Now I won’t be a bad book promoter and name names, but I happen to come across a website while book promoting for one of my clients, and I happen to came across this:


How to Get Your Book Reviewed


  • Request a review by simply clicking the Get Started link. You’ll provide as much information as possible about your book, choose whether you want to send us a printed (mailed) or digital (uploaded) submission, select either standard service (7-9 weeks) or express service (4-6 weeks) and pay for your review (standard service $425, express service $575). When you submit your order, you’ll get a response from the BLANK Indie team confirming receipt of your request.

Now why
would you go and pay that kind of money to have a company read and do a review for your book? Man, I could be out promoting your book, do a review, and post the reviews on all the sites your book is for sale on for 6 times over for that price! Authors, there are plenty of FREE places to get your books reviewed. Many book bloggers will read and post a fabulous review on their book blog, and like myself, as part of any purchased book promoting plan, I offer reviews as part of the package.

Then I also go place your review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads, and any other place you’d like that your book is for purchase. If your going to pay good money like this amount above? They better give you a Gold Plated Certificate Book Review for that price!
Now I don’t mean any disrespect to this service, but my own personal feeling is you can get more out of book promoting for that kind of money spent then just one book review.

I am putting together a promo page here on my book blog that will list many free services offered to help get reviews for your books, free promo sites you can list your books, free press releases, and much more on how to help you promote your books. And yes, I have gotten very good results with all the ones I’ll have listed. There are a few place that may cost a small investment, but those sites will help with wonderful results and exposure of your books.

My page should be up in few more days, but until then, here is a great place to start for free if you “Click Here On My Invite Link to About.me.com . . . https://about.me/invite/code/86db8d1e68d148c207848c3aa7c3aa48

This website has a great community of Authors, Writers, Book Bloggers, and most importantly, readers! Readers come to look for new authors and their books! You can make a beautiful Author/Book Bio page using your book cover as your background, a little photo of yourself, and a full “Edit” page to make an easy page with colors, fonts, and tools to show off your books! It is also a Global Community, so even better exposure! Here is my other business About.me page I made for my book promoting:

You can click on either link and get your page free! They also have social media sharing links to add all your social media link address to all your sites, and you can even link your own Author Website or Blog Feed to your page, so when you post an update?, it will show up on your About.me page feed automatically! All these tools for FREE.

So please, don’t waste money like the above example for one paid review! Come back and visit my soon to be live “Book Promoting & Social Media Tips” page and learn how you can find your readership and Book Reviewers at NO COST to you.

Lyon Book Promotions ~ Author, Catherine Lyon












Guest Author Spotlight~Meet Author, Ellie Pulikonda & her book, Split Second.

Hello Readers and New Friends,


I’m very happy to introduce a new author to all my readers and blog friends. I’m pleased to share ‘Author Ellie Pulikonda’ and her fantastic book titled, Split Second, now available online on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ellie found me and was needing to have a wee bit of help with promoting her new book, so she can stay busy writing, and I can tell she is a delightful woman. And she is very serious about her craft as a writer, and the few months her book has been out, she has over 25 Amazon Fabulous Reviews already! I have added her book to my Goodreads book list and surely can not wait to read it myself.


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Split Second ~ by Ellie Pulikonda

About The Book:

We all know of families that seem to be golden.  Life touches them lightly and success is the norm.  But when such a family is faced with a potential tragedy, the seemingly perfect relationships break open to reveal flaws and shortcomings.

Liz Reynolds is the only daughter in such a family. Her attempted suicide forces her parents to examine how they have contributed to her desperate act. Old secrets they have kept from each other and from their daughter threaten every facet of their seemingly perfect lives. Do they have the courage to admit their own shortcomings in order to save Liz?

“Richard heaved a sigh of relief. Liz would get help, and he wouldn’t have to witness any more scenes like the one he had walked in on this afternoon. Maybe it was going to work out all right”.

When do a family’s secrets become too dangerous to keep? Find out in Ellie Pulikonda’s shocking debut novel, Split Second.

About The Author:
A prolific writer right out of the literary gate, Author Ellie Pulikonda’s first book is destined to be an Amazon Best Seller! With more than 20 Amazon Reviews already, Ellie has shown her literary strength with her very first book release of ~ Split Second. . .

Born in the Pacific Northwest of  Kennewick, Washington and graduated from Kennewick High School, Ellie went on to several colleges earning her degrees:
Knox College, Galesburg, IL BA, education ~University of Illinois, MA,Library Science University of Illinois, MS, Adult Education. She has been writing for work and pleasure for sometime now.

“I write for the pure joy of writing. At first, it was diaries, journals, and musings; then I graduated to short newspaper articles, some unpublished but staged mystery/comedy plays, scripts for amateur musical productions and now books”.

My life has encompassed many quite varied activities. I have worked in an attorney’s office, a travel agency, a welfare office, a newspaper office, as a teacher, a librarian, and finally as the director of a public library in Tipton, IN.  I am or have been a mother, daughter, single parent, wife, widow, partner, a grandmother and even a great-grandmother. Writing has been the one constant through all of these roles. So what are her literary goals as a writer for her books?

“My hope is that my readers will enjoy my books, and also be prodded to think about the actions and motives of my characters, to question their choices and why they made them, and to see the characters with greater insight”. . .

Soon Ellie will be blogging again, so keep your eyes out for that. I’ll be showcasing her blog/website very soon. You can however connect with her on her Goodreads Author profile here: http://www.goodreads.com/ElliePulikondaAuthor/
And now on here new Facebook Author Like Page too!
Here Is What Amazon Reviewers Are Saying:

“Ellie has written an engrossing psychological mystery. The characters are very realistic and well-developed. I was involved in the story and couldn’t wait to see what happened next. The plot was well paced so there were surprises throughout the novel. I hope Ellie writes many more novels”.
“A must-read mystery with great depth of characters”!

“I love mysteries and this one has every element, making it a great read! Keeping you guessing until the end, it gives you just enough little clues along the way for the weary reader. But in addition to being a mystery, it also explores the psyche of the characters and their relationships, giving the novel a richness and depth to it. Yes, this is definitely a “page-turner”, but it also is a book that gets you thinking”!
“Great, suspenseful read”!

So don’t wait, go grab your copy of this excellent new read before there all gone! It should be what your reading today. I hope you all enjoyed meeting and learning more about Author, Ellie Pulikonda, and I thank her for letting me share all about her here on my book blog.