Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour: Redemption

Welcome to the Redemption blog tour. Hosted by Pump Up Your Book, this tour will cover a variety of blogs to promote Laurel Dewey's novel Redemption as a prelude to the release of her third book in the Jane Perry series, which will hit the shelves in July.

From the book jacket:

"Seeking some level of comfort at an AA meeting, Jane encounters a women who knows what Jane does for a living. The woman wants Jane to drive with her from Colorado to Northern California in search of a man who matches the description of the killer who murdered her granddaughter many years before. She's convinced that the man has started to kill again and she wants to stop him."

About the author:

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif., Dewey began her career working in public relations. Her writing talents quickly took her into other entertainment avenues. She was an assistant editor at BOP Magazine, helping launch the blockbuster career of teen pop groups. During this time, she wrote a string of successful mystery radio plays for Los Angeles radio networks.

Not satisfied to write in only one genre, Dewey went on to pen a western novella In the Name of the Land, which was nominated for a Silver Spur Fiction Award. A collection of short stories followed, as did a successful stint writing and producing radio ads and promos.

In the early 1990s, Dewey relocated to rural Colorado. But her eclectic writing forte continued as she pursued work as a freelance investigative journalist, advertising and marketing promoter and editor of children’s books. In the mid and late 1990s, two of her books on plant medicine were published, along with 10 booklets and hundreds of articles on alternative health. During this time, she appeared as a featured guest on over 300 national radio and television programs and lectured extensively across the United States and Canada.

In 2007, Dewey released her first fiction novel Protector, a gritty, paranormal crime thriller that follows the rocky life of Denver homicide detective Jane Perry. Redemption, the sequel, was released in June 2009. She is currently writing the third book in the series, Revelations, which is due to be released in July.

Just my opinion:

I wish I had read the first book in this series prior to picking up Redemption. I get the impression some of the characters are developed fully in Protector and by not getting those descriptions, I may have missed out on some of their personalities.

However, I also believe Redemption can clearly stand on its own. It a truly intriguing suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seat.

It's interesting how the author pulls the reader along with this book. She gives you just enough clues to make you think you know the answer to "whodunit," until you turn the page and wonder if it was someone else. You definitely are kept guessing, which is a plus for lovers of suspense novels.

Plus, throw in some antagonism between some of the main characters, charismatic suspects and tear-jerking murder and you have a combination that's sure to keep your mind within the pages.

The book is well-written and a page turner, so I'm sure you'll enjoy this read.

Some favorite passages from the book:

If we're smart, we realize real quickly that the truth is not what matters when the lie is what you're selling.

When I take my last breath, know this: my heart will be at peace and not at war with my past. I will die with redemption.

For more information about this blog tour, visit Pump Up Your Book. To purchase the book, try this link.

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