Posted by anyarichards
Today we’re welcoming debut author Muffi Beyer for a stop on her Exile Scavenger Hunt, so let’s start with the Super Duper Important Scavenger Hunt Instructions. After those you’ll find my review of the book, Muffi’s Bio, the blurb, and buy links. There’s also a tour-wide prize of a $20 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Super Duper Important Instructions:
There are 15 (fifteen) stops for this Scavenger Hunt. Each stop contains a picture/button with a letter on it. All 15 letters form a message or phrase that is associated with the book. The letters are scattered randomly to the hosts. You will need to collect all 15, unscramble them, and then enter the decoded message in the Rafflecopter for the ‘extra entries’. Good luck!
Scheduled stops on Muffi’s Scavenger Hunt are:
|Candlelight Book Promotions||5/10- Fri|
|Cristal Ryder||5/11- SAT|
|Darker Temptations||5/12- SUN|
|Lea Barrymire||5/13- Mon|
|I am a book addict…and proud of it||5/14- Tue|
|AJ Jarrett||5/15- Wed|
|A.M. Griffin||5/20- Mon|
|Unearthly Musings||5/21- Tue|
|Anya Richards||5/22- Wed|
|For Whom The Books Toll||5/23- Thur|
|Nightstand Novels||5/25- SAT|
|Tattooed Book Review||5/26- SUN|
|Coffee & A Book Anytime||5/28- Tue|
|Amy Ruttan||5/31- Fri|
Review by Anya Richards
For the sake of full disclosure, I’ll say up front that I edited Exile for Muffi. Any issues you have with that aspect of it, well, it’s my fault.
Here’s the thing though. As an editor, it’s not my job to like a book—I’m just employed to do a clean-up of grammar and syntax, look for any continuity issues, the usual. When she first sent the book to me I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like it, because it has one of my hot-button plot points…the death of a child.
Then I started working on it.
There were times when I had to stop and go back a few pages, because I realized I’d stopped editing and was just reading, NEEDING to know what would happen next.
What a freakin’ roller coaster ride!
I’ll warn you, this is not your typical romance by any standards. There will probably be some readers who say it isn’t really a romance at all. I actually think how you react to this book may just be a good indication of how you view the world—if you’re a die-hard romantic, you’ll see it one way, if a complete cynic, you’ll see it another.
Rachel, the heroine, seems to be living a dream life at the beginning of the book—beautiful little boy, the trapping of success gained from an exciting and fulfilling job—but even then there is the sense of something untoward hovering over her head. As one piece of her life shatters, Rachel is left clinging to the others, trying to hold on to some sense of normalcy and self in a world turned upside down and inside out. Everything she knows about herself, about the world, is tested and, in the end, we are left to ask some serious questions…such as: What is real? What is true? What are the possibilities?
I actually love this book. It made me think, made me laugh in places, always had me guessing about what would happen next. It’s one of those books that first-person narrative was created for and, even though it was first-person, the secondary characters still were clearly defined. It really is a romantic psychological thriller with a touch of the paranormal, or a thrilling paranormal romance with a psychological twist…whichever you prefer! If you enjoy a book that will grip you, shake you and have you thinking about it for days after you finish it, Exile might be the book for you. Just be warned, you will be up all night and guessing right to the very, very end!
Muffi Beyer grew up on the beaches of Malibu and has spent her career writing for Hollywood. Her credits include Days of Our Lives, Santa Barbara, Nash Bridges, Doc, Sue Thomas FBeye, and My Friends Tiger and Pooh. She has also produced several reality shows including The Real World, Road Rules, and Project Runway Allstars. She currently spends her days writing her next paranormal trilogy, hanging with her kids and husband, walking her overweight Italian Greyhound, and recording her dreams for future projects. This is her first novel.
Author Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Muffi-Beyer/549879745043402
“Exile is a deeply romantic psychological thriller that will take you on a roller coaster exploration of grief, logic, and the transcendental nature of love…”
Anya Richards, Best-selling author
Reeling from the loss of her son and her ex’s indifference, Rachel a successful film director, heads to Ireland to shoot her next project. Once there, she’s plagued with vivid dreams and a gnawing sense of déjà vu. But Rachel’s tough exterior really begins to crumble when she spots a statue in the town square and is shocked to realize it’s the exact replica of the man who has haunted her dreams for months—a handsome stranger for whom she feels a deep and mysterious attraction…
Will Rachel choose love even at the expense of her own sanity? Or is her love for the man of her dreams more real than anything here on earth…?
Posted by Katie Reus
Thank you, Katie, for having me today! I’m so excited about all the recent success and releases you’ve been having! I’m excited, too, to share my debut CAN’T FAKE THIS which comes out Dec. 6th with Loose Id. On that day, I’m having a blog party at Casey Crow where twelve authors are doing twelve give-aways to go along with the Twelve Days of Christmas theme in the story. Mark your calendar to win some great books by best sellers from all genres!
CAN’T FAKE THIS is about a divorcee ready to reenter the dating world. Anna Ryan is determined to be the best “product on the market,” which requires a lot more experience so she propositions sexy police officer Chase Harris to teach her how to make hot, passionate love as opposed to just having sex. He takes it a step further, instructing each lesson based on The Twelve Days of Christmas.
The story definitely has my “Sexy, Sassy & Southern” trademark. Speaking of the South, I’ve put together my list of Top 10 Favorite Things about the South.
1. Sweet tea and sweeter accents
2. Macaroni & cheese is a vegetable and pecan pie is a staple
3. Y’all is a proper noun
4. Smocked dresses and hairbows as big as a little girl’s head
5. Front porches are wide and words are long
6. Sultry summer nights that start in April
7. Mardi Gras
8. SEC football
9. Pageants are serious business
10. Everything is darlin’ and someone’s heart is always blessed
So what are your favorite things about where you live? I hope you’ll take advantage of the uniqueness of your area and enjoy it, no matter where you hail.
Casey Crow is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Alabama with degrees in Business Management and Dance. She received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Mobile. Casey resides in Mobile where she stays busy with her two young children. She also works as a dance choreographer, pageant coach, professional emcee and model, and certified Miss America preliminary judge. In fact, she is a former Miss University of Alabama. Casey writes erotic and spicy contemporary romances with the tagline “Sexy, Southern & Sassy.” Visit her at www.caseycrow.com. Follow her on Twitter – caseyecrow and Facebook – Casey Crow.