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My Summer Reads: A Slice of Life Post


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Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another Slice of Life Post. I’m thrilled because this is the last week of the school year. I’m ready for summer vacation. It’s time to do some reading and lots and lots of writing.

I’m very excited about my current WIPS. My third beta reader hasn’t finished my novel yet, apparently she’s been busy at work and hasn’t had a chance to read. Groan. It’s hard to wait!

While I wait, I’m working on another WIP and doing some reading. I’ve discovered another author that I love. Am I the only one that binge reads an author? I hope not. Anyway, the author I’m starting my summer with is Karin Slaughter, and right now I’m reading the first novel in The Grant County Series. The cover and blurb are below.

I plan on reading this series during the summer along with some other fun reads.

A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it’s only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer’s twisted work becomes clear.

Sara’s ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, leads the investigation—a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is found crucified a few days later. But he’s got more than a sadistic serial killer on his hands, for the county’s sole female detective, Lena Adams—the first victim’s sister—want to serve her own justice.

But it is Sara who holds the key to finding the killer. A secret from her past could unmask the brilliantly malevolent psychopath .. or mean her death.


With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn’t belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.

But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.

Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller — a searing, unforgettable novel of love, loss, and redemption.

A beautiful young girl was walking down the street―when suddenly…

Julia Carroll knows that too many stories start that way. Beautiful, intelligent, a nineteen-year-old college freshman, she should be carefree. But instead she is frightened. Because girls are disappearing.

A fellow student, Beatrice Oliver, is missing. A homeless woman called Mona-No-Name is missing. Both taken off the street. Both gone without a trace.

Julia is determined to find out the reasons behind their disappearances. And she doesn’t want to be next…

Michael Connelly calls Karin Slaughter “unrivaled among thriller writers.” This gripping, unforgettable short story proves why. And be sure to order Karin’s new novel, Pretty Girls, on sale September 29, 2015.

From Atlanta’s wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread—and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael’ s lover before she became his enemy. But unbeknownst to both of them, another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer’s trail in the most coincidental of ways—and who may be the key to breaking the case wide open.

In this gritty, gripping firecracker of a novel, the author of the bestselling Grant County, Georgia, series breaks thrilling new ground, weaving together the threads of a complex, multilayered story with the skill of a master craftsman. Packed with body-bending switchbacks, searing psychological suspense and human emotions, Triptych ratchets up the tension one revelation at a time as it races to a shattering and unforgettable climax.

Karin Slaughter, author of the bestselling Will Trent novels, is widely acclaimed as “one of the best crime novelists in America” (The Washington Post). Now she delivers her first stand-alone novel: an epic story of a city in the midst of seismic upheaval, a serial killer targeting cops, and a divided police force tasked with bringing a madman to justice.

Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock the city’s police department, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. She’s determined to defy her privileged background by making her own way—wearing a badge and carrying a gun. But for a beautiful young woman, life will be anything but easy in the macho world of the Atlanta PD, where even the female cops have little mercy for rookies. It’s also the worst day possible to start given that a beloved cop has been gunned down, his brothers in blue are out for blood, and the city is on the edge of war.

Kate isn’t the only woman on the force who’s feeling the heat. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When she and Kate, her new partner, are pushed out of the citywide search for a cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach the boiling point. With a killer poised to strike again, they will pursue their own line of investigation, risking everything as they venture into the city’s darkest heart.

Relentlessly paced, acutely observed, wickedly funny, and often heartbreaking, Cop Town is Karin Slaughter’s most powerful novel yet—a tour de force of storytelling from our foremost master of character, atmosphere, and suspense.


When I’m done with these, I’ll be picking up some awesome YA reads! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my TBR pile. Do any of you binge read an author? It’s one of my favorite things to do!

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I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

23 thoughts on “My Summer Reads: A Slice of Life Post

  1. I love discovering a new author, then devouring everything they’ve written. I don;t read many mysteries, but when I do, I remember how much I enjoy them. I will add her to my pile. Thanks.

    1. Mrs. Taylor, you won’t be disappointed. I just finished her book “Pretty Girls” about a week or two ago and it was awesome! That’s the book that turned me on to this author. 🙂

  2. Love to get a peek at someone’s TBR pile. My pile is quite huge right now from all the ARCs I received at TLA. I feel guilty if I don’t read them in a timely manner and pass them on…or put them in my bookshelves because I can’t part with the characters. I will keep your author find in mind.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Tracy. If you’re ever looking for an arc to read. I’ve just finished a YA thriller. It’s with my Beta Reader right now, but I’d love it if you’d be interested in taking a look. 🙂

  3. Yes, I binge read authors! Although most of reading are middle grade and YA books, these look really good. I just might have to make a switch for a wee bit! Happy reading!

    1. I read a lot of YA and MG books, too, but these are great mysteries. So whenever you need some adult fiction, look her up! 🙂 I also absolutely love binge reading when I find an awesome author, don’t you?

  4. Thanks for sharing these book blurbs! I love to find a new author. I noticed that one of the books I picked up earlier from the public library is by Lisa Gardner, who wrote the forward for Blindsighted. Some summers, I binge read one particular author; but this summer, I have some middle grades books, some grown up mysteries, and a new YA title in my beach bag – a real variety. Enjoy your reading time; and keep us posted!!!

    1. I sure will, Lori and let me know if you come across a title that you loved because I’m always on the lookout for a great story! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

  5. I’m so glad you liked Pretty Girls and that you are reading Karin’s other books (hope you like them too!!!) YAY!!!!
    I also like to binge read authors, especially when they have a completed series. Then I can just immerse myself into that world for several days or more! Plus I’m not left hanging for a year (or 2) in-between books and then trying to remember what happened.
    I try to alternate between YA and other books (mysteries, sci-fi or urban fantasy) just to keep things mixed up. (though I think I’ve read way more YA so far this year – there have been so many good ones lately!)

    1. I hear you, Theresa! I just finished another Karin Slaughter book. It was “Blindsighted,” and it was very very good! 🙂 I just got another one from Amazon that I’m starting tonight. 🙂

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