The Good Widow by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

I really enjoyed this book. They did such a nice job of mixing mystery, suspense, and even a bit of romance. While I did catch on near the end of the book, I found myself sucked into the story throughout. The characters came off as likeable and real. I give it 5 stars and recommend it for anyone who likes a good thriller/suspense/mystery.

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Meet The Author, Jacqueline Simon Gunn

Enjoy getting to know, Jacqueline Simon Gunn:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.

Emotional, psychological, thought-provoking.

Your book, Forever and One Day, was released February 6, 2018. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

Now she looked at him and felt the what if washing over her. The desire to touch him, to remember how his lips felt kissing her mouth, her skin, her hair, felt irresistible. She gulped.

He stared into her eyes and she felt a kiss coming. Their faces hovered in an awkward dance as their mouths drew closer. She could feel the warmth of his breath against her lips. My gosh, she shivered, leaned in, then quickly pulled back. She broke the eye contact. Trying to shake the sensation, she gulped down some wine. “Justin. We can’t.”

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a best seller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

I would choose to continue writing.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small town, but be able to travel.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

Airport

And how about Ireland or Australia?

Australia

Who is your favorite band from the 90s (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

I love so many 90’s bands, but if I have to pick I choose Pearl Jam.

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

I’m sure there are, but I’m not too familiar with newer music. I’m still listening to 90’s alternative rock bands.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

Frasier reruns.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I’m working on two romance novels.

Who is your favorite author, and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

Irvin Yalom. I was fortunate enough to have met him and I got to ask him my question which was: How much was your fictional book, Lying on the Couch, based on real life circumstances?

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Mountains

Yogurt or ice cream? Yogurt  

Chocolate or Sour Candy? Chocolate

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Neither

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy

Beer or wine? Wine

Flying or driving? Driving

Hemingway or Twain? Twain  

You’re stranded on a desert island, and you can take two things with you, as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Food and blankets. My husband and my dad.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house, or meet at their place of royalty?

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I’d like to hear his thoughts on the political atmosphere of today. I’d enjoy visiting him at his home.   

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes). What’s it gonna be?

Cure for cancer.

Jacqueline Simon Gunn is a Manhattan-based clinical psychologist and writer. She has authored two non-fiction books, and co-authored two others. She has published many articles, both scholarly and mainstream, and currently works as a freelance writer. Gunn is now writing fiction in both the thriller and the romance genre. Always in search of truth and fascinated by human behavior, her fiction writing, like psychology, is a way for her to explore human nature — motivation, emotions, relationships.

In addition to her clinical practice and writing, Gunn is an avid runner and reader. Gunn is currently working on multiple writing projects, including two romance novels.

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Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

I enjoyed this book, but I found myself confused at times. I liked that it had so many different layers, yet I finished the novel feeling incomplete. I won’t give away any spoilers, but the ending did not provide me with the answers I was looking for. Still, this was an intriguing and well-written novel that is worth reading. I gave it four stars, but I still feel like I need to know more about the main characters.

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Naked: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina by Julie Freed

This was an interesting book and out of the normal genres I read. She went through something that I can’t relate to, and I applaud her for her ability to overcome two tragic life events at the same time. I found her journey compelling, and she kept me drawn in until the very end, though I did find it a little irritating that she painted herself as flawless throughout the book. There are two or three sides, at least, to every story, and I felt like she did everything exactly right while her ex was a complete ass. That may have been true, but it would have been nice to see some of her flaws along the way as well.

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The Extraction (Claudia Belle #1) by C.S. Luis

This was another book out of my regular comfort zone, so I’ll do my best to review it based on the writing. The story was okay, but I did feel somewhat disappointed that the characters weren’t developed more. It’s definitely on the short side, but it’s the first in a series, so that should take care of itself. I enjoyed the main character, Claudia, and I’d like to see where she ends up and what happens on her journey. I gave it 3.5 stars, and if you like sci-fi books, you should enjoy this one.

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