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Sometimes the truth is better left dead . . .

Sweet Karoline by Catherine Astolfo

Sweet Karoline by Catherine Astolfo

Today I’m featuring the psychological suspense novel SWEET KAROLINE by CATHERINE ASTOLFO. This book has gotten some phenomenal reviews! Critics and bloggers are calling it a “page turner to the end” and “earmarked to be a classic”; “reminiscent of Daphne DuMaurier and Patricia Highsmith”.

Get it at AMAZON:  http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Karoline-ebook/dp/B00DUIDMKO

PUBLISHER IMAJIN BOOKS: http://www.imajinbooks.com/catherine-astolfo

READ AN EXCERPT: http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Karoline-Catherine-Astolfo/dp/192779207X

WATCH THE TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/?gl=CA

BOOK BLURB:
If I knew what I know now, would I have searched so hard for the truth?

Anne Williams says she killed her best friend, Karoline. But did she? Or is there more to Karoline’s mysterious death than meets the eye?

Anne embarks on a compelling journey to discover her past and exposes an unusual history, horrific crimes and appalling betrayals. Through unexpected turns and revelations, Anne learns about love, family and who she really is. Can she survive the truth?

REVIEWS:

Earmarked to be an award-winning classic, Sweet Karoline is undoubtedly a gripping page-turner to the very end.” — US Review of Books, RECOMMENDED

“Sweet Karoline is a cleverly constructed psychological novel of perceptions, with a narration that brought to mind Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and a plot reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith.” The Crime Thriller Hound Reviews

http://www.crimethrillerhound.co.uk/#!sweet-caroline/c1pw2
“From the story lead, she’s claimed to have killed her beloved roommate, Karoline, and quite handily for that matter. Yet it lingers and haunts…This might be part LA Confidential and part Fight Club, but for women.” The US Review of Books, First Chapter Reviews
http://www.theusreview.com/first-reviews/Sweet-Astolfo.html#.VKxYIyfwO1k

“Astolfo’s wonderful first sentence in Sweet Karoline explodes on the page and resonates right to the end of this twisting examination of dangerous minds. Never have I encountered a narrative voice that alternates more deftly between alienating and enticing.” —Mel Bradshaw, author of Fire On The Runway

“A deliciously twisted story about the perplexing power of adult female relationships. By turns scathingly funny and darkly insightful, Sweet Karoline is a hedonistic journey with all the right ingredients: lust, betrayal, true love and mystery. Grab a glass of wine and have the bottle handy. A compelling read from the start through to the surprising end.” —Robin Spano, author of Death’s Last Run

“In Catherine Astolfo’s chilling new novel Sweet Karoline, things aren’t always as they seem. Anne, the multifaceted anti-heroine in this noir tale takes a fateful journey into her forgotten past, uncovering the painful roots of her childhood. While furrowing for answers, a mystery unfolds, truths swirl to the surface, a heinous murder occurs. Who’s the killer? Caught in a tangled web of greed, lies and deceit Anne must come to terms with her past, present and future, and the bleak realization that those we hold close may be the last ones to trust. Compelling, visually descriptive, deftly delivered…Catherine Astolfo’s got the goods!” —Douglas Wickard, author of A Perfect Husband

“Sweet Karoline is a multi-layered mystery, where nothing is as it seems. The story grips you on page one and leads you through a maze of history, twisted relationships, and ultimately the darkness of the human mind.” —Liz Bugg, author of Oranges and Lemons

“In Sweet Karoline, Astolfo has created a daring hybrid mystery that combines elements of romance, history, and suspense in a carefully crafted story that keeps you guessing to the very end. Astolfo explores new boundaries as she extends her reach beyond the cozy mystery in this psychological exploration of the mind of a killer. A unique exploration of guilt and revenge.” —Michael J. McCann, author of The Fregoli Delusion

“The clever plot twists in Sweet Karoline will enrapture you from page one through the last paragraphs of this fast-paced modern mystery. Author Catherine Astolfo exhibits a strikingly perceptive gift for believable dialogue and rich character development. Her dry wit and colorful descriptions will have you howling in laughter at points, but in tears at others as she digs deep into the themes of guilt, race, and relationships. The powers of love and redemption are strong, but does the heart of an Ice Queen ever really melt? Enjoy the romp from Los Angeles, through Canada, to a priceless Italian rendezvous—all in the pages of Sweet Karoline, where long-buried secrets lie.” —Lisa Pell, award-winning author of Who’s Your Daddy, Baby?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Catherine Astolfo retired in 2002 after a very successful 34 years in education. Catherine received the Elementary Dufferin-Peel OECTA Award for Outstanding Service in 1998. She was also awarded Dufferin-Peel Catholic Elementary Principal of the Year in 2002 by the Catholic Principals Council of Ontario.

Catherine is a past President of Crime Writers of Canada and a Derrick Murdoch Award winner (2012). She was a Zonta Club 2012 Nominee for Women of Achievement.

Writing is Catherine’s passion. She can recall inventing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of literary Canadian presses. In 2005, she won a Brampton Arts Award. Her short stories won the Bloody Words Short Story Award (second and first) in 2009 and 2010. She won the prestigious Arthur Ellis Best Short Crime Story Award in 2012. Catherine’s novels, The Emily Taylor Mysteries, as well as Sweet Karoline (July 14, 2013), are published by Imajin Books and are optioned for film by Sisbro & Co. Inc. Visit Catherine at http://www.catherineastolfo.com.

CONNECT WITH CATHERINE ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catherine-Astolfo/426898307395107?ref=hl

Twitter: @cathyastolfo

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/852970.Catherine_Astolfo

Google+: https://plus.google.com/116263954589831804470

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/castolfo

WEB SITE: www.catherineastolfo.com

BLOG: www.katywords.blogspot.com

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SUBMERGED by CHERYL KAYE TARDIF (suspense thriller)

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00067]This week’s REVOLVING BOOK is the suspense thriller SUBMERGED by CHERYL KAYE TARDIF.

Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…

After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn’t the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.

Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger’s calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right.

PUBLISHER: Imajin Books – http://www.imajinbooks.com/

WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Submerged-ebook/dp/B00BJ64OHY

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/submerged-cheryl-kaye-tardif/1114677237

Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/4177344

REVIEWS:

*SUBMERGED has a unique tie-in to Tardif`s international bestseller, CHILDREN OF THE FOG.

REVIEWS:

“Submerged reads like an approaching storm, full of darkness, dread and electricity. Prepare for your skin to crawl.” –Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds

“From the first page, you know you are in the hands of a seasoned and expert storyteller who is going to keep you up at night turning the pages. Tardif knows her stuff. There’s a reason she sells like wildfire–her words burn up the pages. A wonderful, scary, heart-pumping writer.” –M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of Seduction

“Tardif once again delivers a suspenseful supernatural masterpiece.” –Scott Nicholson, international bestselling author of The Home

“From the first page, Cheryl Kaye Tardif takes you hostage with Submerged–a compelling tale of anguish and redemption.” –Rick Mofina, bestselling author of Into the Dark

“Cheryl Kaye Tardif’s latest novel Submerged will leave you as haunted as its characters.” –Joshua Corin, bestselling author of Before Cain Strikes

“Submerged will leave you breathless—an edge of your seat, supernatural thrill ride.” –Jeff Bennington, bestselling author of Twisted Vengeance
READ AN EXCERPT:
http://www.cherylktardif.com/children-of-the-fog-excerpt/

AUTHOR BIO:

Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an award-winning, international bestselling suspense author from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Her novels include Children of the Fog, The River, Divine Intervention, and Whale Song, which New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice calls “a compelling story of love and family and the mysteries of the human heart…a beautiful, haunting novel.”

Cheryl also enjoys writing short stories inspired mainly by her author idol Stephen King, and this has resulted in Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories (ebook) and Remote Control (novelette ebook).

In 2010 Cheryl detoured into the romance genre with her contemporary romantic suspense debut, Lancelot’s Lady, written under the pen name of Cherish D’Angelo.

Known for her expert marketing skills, Cheryl is also the author of the bestselling book marketing ebook, How I Made Over $42,000 In 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks.

Booklist raves, “Tardif, already a big hit in Canada…a name to be reckoned with south of the border.”

CONNECT WITH CHERYL ONLINE:

Cheryl’s website: http://www.cherylktardif.com/

Official blog: http://www.cherylktardif.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cherylktardif

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheryl-Kaye-Tardif-novels/29769736630

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/cherylktardif

UPCOMING CONTESTS:

Check out Cheryl’s blog to see if she has a contest going on; she often gives away free ebooks. http://www.cherylktardif.blogspot.com/

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