Sara’s Review of Creed by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie

I would like to thank the folks at Flux for providing me with an ARC copy of this novel for an honest review, murr! =^.^=

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Publisher: Flux

Release Date: November 8, 2014

Goodreads Description:

Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town’s inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah’s son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.

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Review:

Fans of YA Horror/Thriller novels are going to enjoy this book, there’s no question on this, murr! If you are looking for a story that will curl your whiskers and make your fur crawl, than this is the book for you. Creepy doesn’t even begin to cover it. Get ready for a psychological thriller that’s going to leave you squirming in your seat and turning the page wanting more.

Before I get to my review, I want to make a small warning that this write up may contain a spoiler or two. Usually I’m not the type of feline who doesn’t like to give away things in the book, but it’s a challenge with this one, especially given my initial comparison to a particular horror movie. So having said that, consider reading with caution from this point on.

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover art, followed closely by the synopsis. Three teens break down on the outskirts of what appears to be an abandoned town that has warning sirens blaring? Yup, I was sold. I wanted a creepy read leading up to Halloween and this sounded perfect. And I’m happy to say that Leaver and Currie succeeded in giving me the shivers with this book. Can we say Children of the Corn? Yeah, it’s like that, only not with kids. Suffice it to say, I do not want to ever spend time in Purity Springs!

I’m just going to say it, Elijah is a seriously f’d up person who knows how to manipulate and terrorize even the strongest of individuals. I both loathed and loved him at the same time. He’s everything I don’t ever want to see in an individual and yet probably one of the most fascinating characters I’ve read this year. He stole the show in my opinion and was the best character in the entire story. Normally, I’m not keen toward liking the antagonist, but there’s always an exception, and Elijah’s it. As for the main characters, Dee, Luke, Mike, and Joseph were all interesting, but they didn’t feel as strongly developed as Elijah. They weren’t flat, but they didn’t really stand out either. Yes, I felt bad for them given everything that happened, especially the mind trip that Dee was put through, but I would have felt that way for anyone. They could have been any group of random teenagers. Now, the fact that I looked at these four as being akin to anyone in the world made it easier for me to sympathize on a psychological level with them. There is no way I could have gone through what they went through and come out with even half my sanity intact. Just reading about it all left me twitching.

And that leads me to the next thing I want to highlight, both Leaver and Currie know how to write some seriously intense, vivid scenes. There were several moments where I had to put the book down and walk away either because I was turning a bit green around the whiskers or because I needed a break from the psychological mind trip. But I didn’t stay away for long, I couldn’t. This book pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go. No matter how tempted I was to stop reading because I was finding it difficult to handle certain scenes, I had to see what was going to happen to everyone and just how far things were going to go. I may not be fond of blood, guts, and gor, but I will admit that I, like most felines, find it hard to look away during scenes like those found here in this novel, murr!

So what was it that didn’t work for me? Why, if I delighted in the chills that this book caused did I not give this story a higher rating? There are a couple of reasons. The first was that this was a fast read, a bit too fast. The action was relatively non-stop, and while one might argue that this is a good thing because it keeps the reader engrossed in the story, it can be detrimental at times, and this was one of those moments. Why? Because I felt like the authors could have taken more time to explain and develop the plot more. This read more like a movie script than a book to me. Yes, it pulls you in, yes, it plays with your mind, but that’s all it does. It doesn’t really explain things, not fully. There were several elements brought in to the plot and scenes that I felt could have benefited from being given more development. The book felt rushed, and while it can be argued that it fits with the thriller aspect of the story, I was left at the end with a feeling that I’d been cheated a bit. Having said that, this story would make one hell of a movie!

Another problem was that the characters, with the notable exception of Elijah, didn’t do anything for me. As I mentioned earlier, Dee, Luke, Mike, and Joseph could have been any random teenagers. I didn’t like them and I didn’t hate them, they were all just meh. Yes, I sympathized with them psychologically, but I couldn’t connect enough with them as individuals to really care what happened to them in the end. If they lived, great. If they died, okay. I honestly didn’t care one way or the other.

And as for the ending itself … For the sake of not wanting to spoil things, all I’m going to say is I really wish the authors had written it differently. Sigh.

Still, I have to give Leaver and Currie purrs and tail waves of appreciation for writing one seriously twisted, psychologically messed up novel. You can bet that I will anxiously be waiting to check out the next book these ladies decide to write together, murr!

About the Authors:

Trisha LeaverTrisha Leaver graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Social Work. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association, and the Cape Cod Children’s Writers.

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Lindsay CurrieLindsay Currie graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL with an English Literature degree. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the YA Scream Queens.

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Release Day Blitz: Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow

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We felines wish to say Happy Book Birthday to Michelle Madow for her release of Diamonds in the Rough, book two in The Secret Diamond Sisters series, murr! =^.^= Please be sure to check back later for Sara’s review!

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Date Released: October 28, 2014

Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters #2

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All-access doesn’t mean no problems.

The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah’s YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don’t keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters’ archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.

Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow’s riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.

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About Savannah:

Of the three sisters, Savannah is the one that best matches Sara in personality here at What the Cat Read. Here’s a bit about her character.

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At fifteen years old, Savannah is the youngest Diamond sister. Her older sisters have sheltered her for her entire life. Despite her rough upbringing, she’s optimistic and wants to think the best of people, although this can sometimes lead to her coming off as naïve. She wants to fit in at school, but has always felt like an outsider. She tends to feel overshadowed by the people around her. She trusts easily, and it sometimes leads to her getting hurt, but she’s always there for her sisters and friends when they need her!

Savannah loves singing, and has a fantastic voice, so it’s her ultimate dream to be a famous pop star. She’s been stage fright since a talent show disaster in middle school, but wants to record cover songs and post them on YouTube to try to get a following, like the YouTube stars she idolizes. She also plays guitar, but is self-taught, so she’s still learning how to improve. She mainly plays to accompany herself while singing. She’s athletic, and played on the JV volleyball team in her school in her hometown. She hopes to make Varsity as a sophomore.

She loves shopping and wearing anything that sparkles—dresses, nail polish, shoes, eye shadow, you name it! She loves reading fashion magazines and trying to duplicate the high-end styles worn by the models. Her favorite meal of the day is breakfast, and her favorite food is pancakes. Savannah has never had a serious boyfriend, and wants more than anything to believe that true love is possible!

About the Author:

michelle madowMichelle Madow was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters series while walking through her favorite hotel in Las Vegas. The next book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, launches in October. Prior to The Secret Diamond Sisters, she successfully self-published The Transcend Time Saga. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. A graduate of Rollins College, Michelle lives in Florida … but she loves going to Vegas.

To chat with Michelle and other fans about her books, join Michelle Madow’s Street Team on Facebook!

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Sparks Playlist – A Musical Guest Post by Ashley C. Harris

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Today we are thrilled, as always, to have the wonderful Ashley C. Harris join us for a musical guest post that is sure to make your whiskers curl with delight and your tail tapping in enjoyment. Our thanks go to both Ashley and Barclay Publicity for allowing us the opportunity to host today’s post during the Sparks Blog Tour! For all the blogs involved, and for a chance to be entered into the giveaway for this title, please click on the banner above, murr!

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SPARKS Playlist:

Linkin Park – A Place For My Head

Book scene: Randy sets flames to the dean’s office plus Spencer goes for a joy ride and “runs into” a small stranger …

This song pretty much just rocks not only for those scenes but for how a lot of the SHOCK ME characters feel stuck in their small town and all their circumstances. When I first wrote this series (I’m talking over ten years ago when I was a teen myself and dreamed of the idea behind the entire series) I listened to Linkin Park a lot, and whenever I hear this song, it takes me right back to my first writings and all the adventures of the characters. Even the lyrics in the song, ‘I want to be in the energy, not with the enemy. A place for my head … ‘ Do you hear those and get the SHOCK ME series connection? Wanting to be in the energy, as in electric energy, not with the enemy … and here I’ve surrounded Donna with enemies, ‘a place for my head.’ We find out in SPARKS what’s been taken from Donna’s head … some very important memories. So yea this song is always a great one when I want to get back into the series and it fits the above scenes perfectly.

Saliva – Rest In Pieces

Book scene: Donna and Ryan’s Christmas dinner and outside discussion …

This song is like the one I’ve described above, when I heard this song as a teen I imagined Donna and Ryan’s entire story from beginning to end. It just fits them because everything between them is broken and in pieces and Donna in the scene stated above, at that Christmas dinner when Ryan confronts her outside, very much wants their past, what they had, to ‘rest in pieces.’

Where her betrayed memories are most safe. She doesn’t want Ryan to do something that will make him seem good in her eyes, things would be to confusing that way. To survive and stay alive she needs to see things as they are, she is the Electrolite and he is a part of the team that tried, and is still trying, to destroy her. That has lied to her her entire life. This song also fits Ryan’s point of view also when you listen to the lyrics because he knows he can’t care for what he thinks is a normal human girl, and I believe he wants to ‘make this go away,’ make his feelings and need to protect her 24/7 go away. It’s not happening.

Fall Out Boys – Light em Up

Book Scene – Donna and Alexis sneak into the hotel where Xander is being held in the city. Music continues into the generator room where there is a massive blackout and it’s time for Donna to once again try to get through Randy.

Well who doesn’t love this song? It thrives on action, on lighting things up and setting them on fire. What song could not be more perfect in my mind when imagining Donna sneaking into a major hotel in a big city, to face off with Randy ‘in the dark’ and try to save someone that’s in an actual cage? The lyrics and rhythm are both equally perfect when it comes to me imagining this scene. Just look at the words: ‘Be careful making wishes in the dark. Can’t be sure when they’ve hit their mark. And besides in the mean, mean time I’m just dreaming of tearing you apart. I’m in the details with the devil. So now the world can never get me on my level. I just gotta get you off the cage. I’m a young lover’s rage. Gonna need a SPARK to ignite. My songs know what you did in the dark. So light ‘em up!’

Linkin Park – What I’ve Done & New Divide

Book Scene: Donna verse Ryan on roof top, while at the same time Spencer and Rebecca race to find her, and prisoners of the compound get ready to escape.

Wow, so a lot happens in the above SPARKS scene, and it reflects how I like to write action, with a lot going on and more than one character and conflict on the line (And if you study movie action scenes you’ll see some of the best sequences have a cutting back and fourth between multiple battles, and multiple problems going on at once). If I could make a soundtrack to the above scene, it would be a new mix made from combining the above songs. Again Linkin Park is a great go to for me whenever I want to write or think about the SHOCK ME series and these songs just fit.

Maroon 5 – Through With You

Book Scene: Ryan ends things with Lynn.

‘Can you see me? Floating above your head as you lay in bed. Thinking about everything that you did not do. Cause saying I love you has nothing to do with meaning it.’ This song is just perfect for Ryan and Lynn and the point they’ve gotten to in SPARKS, they are perfect for each other and yet their status does not mean they really love each other one bit. The games Lynn has played with Ryan are coming to an end and she can’t handle this. Can we really blame her, she is written as a villain but really she is the girl whose boyfriend is dreaming about someone else. Who she feels she’ll never be good enough for so she tries to be. Are her and Donna so different? Maybe yes, maybe no. ‘Do you remember the way we used to melt? Do you remember how it felt when I touched you? Oh cause I remember very well. And how long has it been since someone you let in has given what I gave to you? And at night when you sleep do you dream I would be there? Just for a minute or two do you?’

The lyrics in this song just spells everything out perfectly.

Maroon 5 – Tangled

Ryan sees Donna and Cody together.

What a fun moment for Donna fans, for Ryan, the guy Donna sees as the one that rejected her, to see her with someone else. This was much deserved as Donna has had to see Ryan with Lynn for so long. This is another Maroon 5 perfect selection, everything for these characters is so ‘tangled’ and who will untangle their tale? Maybe their worst nightmare. (Yes I just gave you guys a spoiler ;-))

Maroon 5 – Not Coming Home

Book Scene: Donna watching ‘Mr. Silver Eyes’ in her house inside David’s room.

‘Go on misuse me and abuse me, I’ll come out stronger in the end. And does it make you sad to find yourself alone? And does it make you mad to find that I have grown? I’ll bet it hurts so bad to see the strength that I have shown. When you answer the door pick up the phone. You wont find me cause I’m not coming home.’ These lyrics bite, and you may think what do they have to do with a silver eyed stranger and possible enemy coming to Donna’s door and claiming he’s her brother? Well if you’ve read SPARKS you know Donna and this stranger have some kind of gray, traumatic past. And that’s where these lyrics and the beat of the song fits for me, ‘Go on misuse me and abuse me, I’ll come out stronger in the end.’ Donna has finally come out stronger, she has grown up, she does have strength, and as she watches this stranger in her house from outside her brothers windows, from her point of view, this fits. But maybe not from this silver eyed stranger, who could or could not be David Young …

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Florence & The Machine – Breath of Life

Book Scene: Donna verse Randy when trying to escape the power plant.

Every time I hear this song I see that entire scene in my head. It fits the scene from Donna’s point of view because first off, this song is sung by a woman with a killer voice. Florence & The Machine, it’s just fierce music that stirs the soul and when I wrote the scene where Donna has to face off against Randy a fiery foe and almost not come out alive … this song if it had been around when I first wrote this novel would have been a go to for me. Now when I hear it I see this part of SHOCK ME from the novel. It also brings together how she’d been bullied and beaten down, but is trying so hard to do the right thing. ‘Whose side am I on? Whose side am I? And the fever (Randy’s fire) began to spread, from my heart down to my legs. But the room is so quiet, oh! And although I wasn’t losing my mind. It was a chorus so sublime but the room is so quiet, oh! oh! Oh! I was looking for a breath of a life. A little touch of heavenly light. But all the choirs in my head sang (all the doubt and bullies in Donna’s head), No! Oh! oh! oh!’

About the Book:

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Date Released: September 30, 2014

Series: Shock Me #2

Donna Young might still be considered a high school nobody, and an invisible facet to her town, but that doesn’t change the fact that her life is in danger, thanks to her shocking powers. Living secretly amongst the enemy isn’t easy, especially when she used to love the most special of them all: Ryan Applegate.

Ryan’s facade of being the most attractive and richest athlete in town is growing thin. Making his father proud and enhancing his abilities is all he thinks about … that, and Donna Young. She is the childhood crush whom he has been ordered to leave alone. But if he does, then how can he figure out what is wrong with her? And why she looks at him now like he is a monster?

When a dangerous event occurs at the power plant, an new adventure sparks for everyone. Will Donna be able to unlock all the mysteries surrounding those she loves, while fighting to stay alive? Or will Ryan and his team stop her, dooming everything? Only one truth is certain … nobody is who they think they are.

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About the Author:

Author Photo - Ashley HarrisAuthor and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film Lines. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops..

In 2013 Ashley teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first title in a new young adult series Shock Me. Ashley then went on to release the first of a new NA series, One Night In Heated Snapshots, that quickly reached Amazon’s Best Selling top ten list for sports romances. It has remained a top ten bestseller ever since.

When she is not dreaming up new books and working on film sets, she loves to spend time with her friends and family. Keep a close watch for Ashley’s newest young adult books releases!

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An Intimate Murder Blog Tour: Excerpt & Promo

We are excited to be participating in Stacy Verdick Case’s blog tour for An Intimate Murder! Please be sure to come back over the weekend for our reviews on both this book and A Luring Murder, book 2 in the series, murr! =^.^=

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Publisher: Before the Fall Books

Date Released: October 7, 2014

Series: Catherine O’Brien Mystery #3

When Jonathan and Susan Luther are murder in their home, St. Paul homicide detective Catherine O’Brien and her partner Louise discover this isn’t the first time the Luther family has been visited by tragedy. Is it a case of bad family luck or is there something more?

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Excerpt:

“I’ll tell you what, Detectives. I’m going to allow you go through Jon’s desk and question my employees.”
I opened my mouth to utter a grateful thanks but Liz Trainor interrupted before the sounds would come out.
“Two conditions. One –” She held up both of her index fingers. “You cannot browbeat my employees into speaking to you. They must volunteer.”
“Of course,” Louise said. “What’s the other condition?”
“The second condition.” She closed her eyes. “God help me for saying this; if you find out that Jonathan was involved in something illegal, you don’t embarrass this company. I want to hear about what you find first, not read about it in tomorrow’s paper.”
She flicked her gaze to me as if I would have some particular interest in talking to the newspaper. Probably to cover my own ass, if she still believed that I needed a fanny shield. All she had was my word and a shared laugh (not much comfort at the best of times) to tell her any different.
“Agreed,” I said. “Are you sure there’s nothing else you’d like to say?”
She cocked her head. “Why do you ask?”
“Because you looked at me funny a few minutes ago. Like you might know me.”
“Yeah.” The rolls on her neck contracted and expanded with the bobbing of her head. “I think I do know you.”
I shook my head. “I don’t think so. We’ve never met before.”
“No, we haven’t,” she agreed. “But I do know you and not just from the paper. You’re Gavin O’Brien’s wife aren’t you?”
A shockwave thundered through me at the sound of Gavin’s name. It was the same feeling I get when Gavin runs into friends when we’re shopping, or out for dinner. Gavin has a whole world away from me, and he knows people I don’t. That thought disturbed me.
Of course, I knew people he didn’t, too. Par for the course when you both work outside the home. I saw him every morning when I left and there he was every evening when I got home. There’s a little piece of my brain that takes over from time to time—it’s only purpose is to delude me and doesn’t like to be confronted with reality. That section of gray matter makes me believe that Gavin sits at home hermetically sealed until my key turns in the lock to reanimate him.
Yet here was reality, in the form of an overweight, overly perfumed, real-estate agent.
“Yes, I am.”
“I thought so.” Liz Trainor nodded satisfied. “I usually have a good memory for faces. It helps in this job.”
“Then the two of you have met?” Louise asked.
“No.” Liz said.
I shook my head at the same time.
“Then how did you know she was married to Gavin?”
Thank God, Louise was there to ask all the questions I would kick myself later for not asking. Now, I was too stunned to form a complete thought.
“I saw a picture of you on his desk.” She shrugged. “Well it’s more of a table than a desk. Anyway, your picture is in his construction trailer.”
What picture could Gavin possibly have of me? I maintained the mantra that my image didn’t show up on film, so it wasn’t like I’d gone down to the local Glamour Shots for one of those cheesy, feather boa, photos that the guys in my office had of their wives. I couldn’t understand why men thought that bouffant hair, bright pink lipstick, and lots, of gauze and Vaseline over lenses made women look glamorous.
When this case was over, I’d have to take a trip down to his construction trailer. That was if I could remember where Gavin had said he was working this month.
“So you’ve worked with Gavin?” Louise continued to channel my questions.
Liz Trainor nodded. “I do commercial real-estate as well as private homes. I’ve worked with Gavin a few times in the past.”
She gave a lascivious wink that made me want to punch her.
“You’ve got yourself one hell of a firecracker. Gavin O’Brien is a damn good business man, and darn cute if you don’t mind me saying so.”
She winked again.
I did mind her saying so. She was a colleague of his not a horny teenager. Liz Trainor needed to keep her eyes and mind off my husband.
“Some of the girls in the office can’t wait for the days when Gavin has an appointment. They all make sure they’re at their desks when he comes for a visit.”
My breath hitched in my chest. The delusional part of my brain screamed, NO! NO! Not only did Gavin leave the house when I left for work, but other women were looking at him the way I used to look at him.
Bile crept up the back of my throat. I couldn’t speak. All I could manage was a weak smile and pathetic laugh that must have sounded to Liz Trainor’s ears as if I was agreeing with her. She waggled her brows up and down at me and chuckled.
“Where did Mr. Luther sit?” Louise finally broke the painful deadlock between us.
Liz pushed back from her desk and stood.

Other Books in the Series:

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About the Author:

Stacy Verdick Case PhotoStacy Verdick Case was born in Willmar, Minnesota.  After a brief stint as a military brat, where she lived in Fort Sill Oklahoma and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, her family moved back to Minnesota.

Stacy has written all her life earning a High School Writer Award and a Daphne Du Mauier Award for excellence in Mainstream Mystery/Suspense.

Stacy currently lives in a suburb of St. Paul with her husband of twenty-years, her five-year-old daughter, and their two cats.
An Intimate Murder is the third book in the Catherine O’Brien series.

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Book Blitz: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

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We are excited to help promote Michelle Madow’s Secret Diamond Sisters series today! Not only are we proud members of her street team, but our human had the pleasure of being able to meet and talk with Michelle at this year’s ALA conference in Las Vegas, murr! So sit back and let us tell you a bit about this wonderful series. And be sure to come back later in the month for Sara’s reviews! =^.^=

the secret diamond sistersPublisher: Harlequin Teen

Date Released: February 25, 2014

Series: The Secret Diamond Sister #1

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Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

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About Courtney:

Of the three sisters, Courtney is the one that best matches our human in personality. That’s why we decided we’d showcase her rather than her sisters today. If you’d like to learn about Peyton and Savannah, come back and read Sara’s reviews, murr!

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Courtney is sixteen years old, and is the middle Diamond sister. She’s the responsible one—she studies hard, does well in school, is a student tutor, and works after school and on weekends to help out her family. Her main goal is to keep up her grades and do well on her SATs so she can get into Stanford, her dream school. She wants to major in English and someday get a career in publishing. She’s competitive with herself and always strives to do her best.

Courtney’s closest friends are her sisters—with all the time she spends on school and work, she doesn’t have time for anyone else. She’s never had a boyfriend and is fine with waiting to date until college. (She doesn’t need any distractions right now!) She’s not into the high school party scene, and whenever she has time in her busy schedule, her favorite thing to do is read novels. She also loves listening to Broadway music (Phantom of the Opera and Wicked are her favorites) and would love to see a live show someday.

She’s a natural early bird, and is always awake before her sisters. She could happily wear jeans, t-shirts, and flip-flops every day, and always goes natural with her makeup. Her favorite drink is chai tea. She’s quiet and reserved while first meeting someone, but she will do anything for the people she loves. She would love to travel the world to see historic sites and well-known museums, but it’s always felt more like a dream than a possible reality.

About the Author:

michelle madowMichelle Madow was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters series while walking through her favorite hotel in Las Vegas. The next book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, launches in October. Prior to The Secret Diamond Sisters, she successfully self-published The Transcend Time Saga. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. A graduate of Rollins College, Michelle lives in Florida … but she loves going to Vegas.

To chat with Michelle and other fans about her books, join Michelle Madow’s Street Team on Facebook!

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