9/26/2016

Jackson Stiles, Road to Redemption by Jo Richardson ~ Interview, Excerpt, Review


A lost soul and a seeker of truth travel down the road to redemption 
and discover more than they bargained for.


JACKSON STILES: ROAD TO REDEMPTION
Road to Redemption #1
Jo Richardson
Released Sept 21st, 2016


Jackson Stiles is used to having bad days, but they’ve been especially bad since a certain tabloid reporter seems to have it out for him.

Emma Green doesn’t mean any harm. She simply sees it as her duty to report the misdeeds of certain Private Detectives who charge too much in a society where people need more superheroes and less villains; something even Jackson has convinced himself he deserves to be called, deep in his gut.

When the two of them realize they’re investigating the same suspicious circumstances, Emma makes Jackson an offer he only wishes he could refuse. But can the man who trusts no one allow the one woman he can’t stand help him get to the bottom of a murder he feels responsible for?

Exposed and unsure, these two unexpected allies come together to unmask the mysteries cloaked in plain sight while uncovering secrets within each other. A lost soul and a seeker of truth travel down the road to redemption and discover more than they bargained for.

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~*~ I'm so excited to have Jo Richardson here today to answer a few questions! ~*~
~Interview~

Grace:  What inspired you to write a character like Jackson Stiles?
Jo:  Wanting a guy who struggles with what’s best for him VS what the right thing to do is – but knowing, ultimately, that he’s going to do the right thing. And that pisses him off. I am not a fan of P.C. (politically correctness) myself, so I think that bled in through his character, too. He simply says what he thinks, whether people want to hear it or not.  Because sometimes, we don’t need someone blowing smoke, we just need honesty.

Grace:  Be honest, how much did you like writing about Jackson Stiles?
Jo:  He is hands down, by all means, my favorite fucking character of all time. 

Grace:  What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
Jo:  Fun!

Grace:  Will there be more Jackson Stiles?
Jo:   I definitely have some ideas for more adventures for Jackson et al.

Grace:  What is a favorite book you've read recently?
Jo:  AH, Chasing Castles by Jiffy Kate is the most recent. Southern awesomeness. Smiles galore. I loved reading about Cami’s life and times. Great read.

Source: Author
This is my honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars ~ Excellent

Jackson Stiles is an addicting character! Need more Jackson!

If you like your heroes cocky and sarcastic, let me introduce you to Mr. Jackson Stiles. Jackson is a private detective determined to solve a murder that happened in his hometown of Redemption. Actually, he thinks something very suspicious is happening in town. Emma Green is the reporter who always seems to get in Jackson’s way. Find out what happens when these two team up to uncover the truth before more people get hurt.

I love a mystery. I love it even more when it’s a murder mystery with a dose of romantic comedy!  Jackson Stiles is one of those wise-guy detectives with a mind and mouth that has no filter. Yeah, he pretty much cracks me up. He’s no angel, but what I love about him is that he’s determined to do what’s right. Emma is a bold and sassy character who has a knack for being in the same place as Jackson. Pretty soon their constant clashing of tempers turns into an alliance and so much more! Jackson and Emma share both funny and serious banter all throughout the story. When I reached the end, I wanted more of them!

I’ve been a long time reader and fan of Jo Richardson, and I must say that Jackson Stiles, Road to Redemption is my favorite of her stories thus far! I know she loves writing characters like Jackson, the ones that know-it-all but are also flawed that you just fall for them each time. She shines when she creates heroes like this for her readers. I hope you’ll get to know Mr. Jackson Stiles, too!


“Morning, Stiles.” The five-and-a-half-foot brunette that likes to make my life miserable is easily five-eight, maybe even five-nine, in the heels she’s got on today. Combined with the dark blue power suit she’s wearing, she comes off as all business despite the fact that she doesn’t make eye contact with me. She’s too busy scrolling through a bunch of bullshit on her smartphone.
I growl a response so it comes out as more of a warning than a greeting. Is it a bit much for this time of day? Maybe. Considering our history, I’m not exactly worried about her impression of me, though.
Emma Green is the latest and greatest “crime” reporter for our friendly neighborhood tabloid. And I use the term “reporter” loosely, by the way. Very loosely.
Doesn’t care about getting the story right in certain cases, if ya know what I mean, loosely.
Her name’s been on nearly every article the Redemption Chronicle has put out since she arrived from somewhere down in Florida. She shows up at most crime scenes, from burglaries to homicides, and has very much become a royal pain in my...
“You’re late, by the way. They were just talking about you.” She mutters and points, blindly, down the hall as she steps into the elevator. Which is my cue to get the fuck out.
My one and only cigarette calls to me from the front pocket of my button down. Thank God I remembered it. But quite frankly, I don’t have the energy to pull it out. Not that I wouldn’t get arrested if I did, but . . .
“And you look like hell.” She’s full of compliments today, I see.
“Fuck you very much, Green.” Not that I’m complaining. It makes it easy to respond to her in like fashion. And bonus: I’m feeling pretty good about getting the last word in on this battle of the banter, as the doors close but then they open again.
“Maybe you shouldn’t stay up so late playing around with your buddies over at the police department.” I look back to see her foot blocking the sensors that would normally allow the doors to close. She still can’t be bothered to look up. She’s too busy burying her nose into the iPhone.
Let’s be real here. Flirting is not her forte.
“I appreciate that enlightening bit of useless advice, Green.” Despite my attempt to be nice sarcasm spills out of every word. It’s only when she pulls her foot all the way in and the doors are halfway shut that I ask myself─ how did she know I was downtown last night?
Emerald eyes peer up at me as the question enters my mind. And I swear, she’s fucking smirking.
Between the pleasant smile and the way her expression lights up like she’s about to pounce, I’m not sure what the hell to think. I haven’t seen her smile like that since the day I briefly met her on the scene of a break-in I was hired to investigate. First thing I noticed was her smile. She seemed...new.
The next thing I noticed was her eyes.
Deep green. The grab-a-hold-of-you-and-don’t-let-go kind that make you wanna know everything that’s going on behind them.
And don’t even get me started on her ass. It begs for mercy because she, no doubt, runs it every day, then follows up with a pint of fat free yogurt and a jug of water.
Not that I’ve thought about it.
But I digress.
She was polite enough. Or so I thought. Asked me if I had any insider’s information on what had gone down that day. It’s not like I was rude or anything. All I did was tell her I wasn’t doing her fucking job for her.
I paid the price for that comment in the article she ran the next day. The headline read, “Local P.I. steals more from family than burglar.” I won’t bother you with the details, but let’s just say, the article was less about the break-in and more about what an asshole I am.
I mean, what the fuck?
I can assure anyone who has the balls to ask, I charge less than ninety percent of the dicks working the tri-state area. Just ask the bill collectors.
The asshole thing is still up for debate...in most circles.
Lesson learned here? Never trust a woman with eyes that stunning or an ass that tight.
Basically, I fucking hate her.



A movie fanatic, a writer of stories, a lover of life.

I grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity – but it was too cold up North for this thin blooded girl. So today, I live in Florida with my two girls and a husband that shares my same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it.
Life is too short to put dreams on the back burner.

I write both contemporary and paranormal stories that include mystery, suspense, humor, action, romance, and anything else I can think up.


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9/23/2016

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin ~ Audiobook Review

Title: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Narrator: Scott Brick
Length: 7hrs and 2 mins
Audiobook Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.

AUDIOBOOK
Source: Audible purchase
This is my honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars ~ Excellent

A heartfelt story for booklovers!

I want to hug this book! That’s exactly how I felt reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. A while ago a close friend recommended this book to me. She said it’s about a grumpy bookstore seller. She didn’t tell me more to not give away too much of the story, but she knew that I would love this book as she did. Months later I pick up the audiobook, and I was immediately carried away by the story of this grumpy bookseller!

Who is A.J. Fikry? Well, A.J. lives on Alice Island and owns the only bookstore there, Island Books. Both the bookstore and its owner are struggling. A.J.’s wife had died, and his passion for books and life, in general, is dwindling. When a very rare book is stolen, it all leads A.J. down a truly unexpected journey…a loving and meaningful second chance at life. I won’t say any more about the plot as I think not knowing the key event that happens at the beginning is what makes this story charming.

I’m so glad I chose to listen to the audiobook. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. I know some may disagree, but I actually liked his dramatic style. This story easily flows anyway, and his narration helped contribute to that as well.

This was my first time reading anything from Gabrielle Zevin, and I’m absolutely smitten with her storytelling! I found the several book references to be quite clever that I giggled at several moments. Overall, my heart filled with so much warmth by the end. The audiobook was only about 7 hours long, so I listened again and continued to be captivated by the grumpy bookseller the second time around. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a heartfelt story for booklovers. This would make a lovely book club selection. I hope you give this one a try.

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