She Lies Close Blog Tour

So you all may have been wondering where I have been lately. Well, covid, work and homeschooling have really taken up the majority of my time. However, when one the publishers I love to work with asked me to take part of a blog tour there was no way that I was going to not jump at the opportunity. I m very happy to present a guest post by Sharon Doering the author of She Lies Close.

The Shocking Chapter Titles in My Book

By Sharon Doering

While writing She Lies Close, a psychological thriller, I wrote in chapter titles for the sake of organization. I would use a line from the chapter as the title so I could scroll through my manuscript and quickly recall what happened in each chapter. It evolved into a game. (This is my first book, so I wasn’t on a deadline). While I was editing, I would continually change the chapter title, trying to come up with the most frightening or comedic or absurd string of words for the title. This game provided light-hearted intermissions in writing a dark thriller.
From organizational technique to writerly game, the chapter titles ended up as part of my sale’s pitch. I wanted my manuscript to stand out. Were my chapter titles going for shock value? Hell, yeah. I had been writing for twenty years. I was feeling desperate, wondering if I would ever get a book deal. Anything to lure an editor. Once I was offered a contract, I assumed my chapter titles would get deleted. Someone along the way — editor, sales team, publisher — would cut them. No one ever mentioned the chapter titles, so they stayed. Here are a few of them.
Chapter 5 A Game of Hedge-Clipper Tag
Chapter 6 Peace Be With Your Vagina
Chapter 16 Emptying a Bottle of Bleach on Them
Chapter 29 Fuck Lynyrd Skynyrd and their “Free Bird” Nonsense
Chapter 49 Trap the Warm, Struggling Body Inside a Plastic Storage Bin and Fasten the Lid

About Sharon Doering

Sharon Doering lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Marc, their three kids, and a peculiarly civilized dog, Indy. In her other life, she was a science professor, a biotech stock analyst, and a xenotransplantation researcher. She has also been a good waitress, a mediocre bartender, and a terrible maid. Sharon is currently working on her next novel.

She Lies Close, a dark psychological thriller, has already gathered strong early praise, with The Sunday Times bestselling author Samantha Downing describing it as a “cracking debut that should be on your 2020 list!” and New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica declaring it as “an explosive, darkly comedic psychological thriller with one of the most memorable protagonists”. In the story, recently divorced Grace
Wright moves her two small children into a new house, hoping to start a new life, longing to reset her crippling insomnia, but finds out she’s moved in next door to the only suspect in the kidnapping of six-year-old Ava Boone. Grace becomes obsessed with her menacing neighbor and the family of the missing little girl, and then a body turns up…

SHE LIES CLOSE is available now in the UK and releases on November 10 in the US and Canada.

Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson

If you haven’t realized that I am a bit of a nerd yet then you really haven’t been paying attention. As the host of a podcast you tend to do lots of research on whatever topic that you are talking about. I have been fortunate in that I talk about a lot of women horror authors. So when I saw this beauty floating around in the twitterverse I had to have it. The book itself is just beautiful!!

Synopsis: Each chapter deals with a influential women in the horror and speculative fiction genres.

What I liked: I loved that I was able to dip in and out of this book while I was reading it. The writing style was super accessible and I really enjoyed the information at the end of each profile. It tells you what to read by the author and other things to read if you enjoyed the author’s work. The illustrations through out the book are lovely.

What I didn’t like: Absolutely nothing

Star Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: I think that this is a really important book. Women have been a part of the horror genre since the beginning. Whether they were writing Gothic horror or are writing now. Women have been instrumental in shaping the horror genre. This is a very important work that lists the most influential women. If you support women in horror this is a book that you will want on your shelves.

Big Thank you to Quirk Books for sending me a review copy. AND A HUGE THANK YOU to Lisa and Melanie for mentioning the Ladies of Horror Fiction!!!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I have a few wonderful friends that I buddy read with. Usually it is an indie horror book, however, this time we wanted to read something else. We discussed it and landed on Wuthering Heights. I had read it before and so had Tracy but it is a book that I can read again and again. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same as I do about the story. That is the great thing about buddy reads though. You get to have other people’s perceptions and experiences with the book that you are reading. I also love this edition of the book I picked up in a charity shop. It is older then I am and well loved.

Synopsis: A tale of revenge and love that stretches beyond the grave. There is some redemption there as well.

What I liked: Brontë is so descriptive when writing about places. Her writing shows that she has a love of the moors around the place she grew up. This love shows through her writing. I can’t critique her writing specifically because Wuthering Heights was written in the 1800s. But I can say that I love the way she can take a sentence and make it beautiful. There is also a roughness to her writing as well. It is smooth but rather tender yet rough. I think that is probably due to her circumstances in life. I love the way she writes characters. In your mind you can see them and understand their circumstances.

What I didn’t like: I think as I had gotten older I didn’t necessarily think of romance or love when Heathcliff’s behavior was mentioned. It is really quite abusive to the people around him.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: If you have looked through my blog at all you will know that I do read quite a few classics. Both classics and horror are my warm blankets when things aren’t necessarily going quite right. It has been a hectic month with a lot of running around. It is a HOT summer here in the Southwest so the idea of the cold and windy moors made me happy. Emily is my personal favorite of the Brontë sisters, because of the beauty in her writing.

Without Condition A Novel By Sonora Taylor

What is it about the horror genre that lends to stories about serial killers. Is it the horrific things that some serial killers do? Or is it the idea that there is someone out there that doesn’t have the same respect or empathy for human life that the rest of society “should” have. I have read quite a bit of true crime and horror about serial killers. But….it is very rare to read a story about a female serial killer. Which is why I was so happy to read Without Condition by Sonora Taylor.

Synopsis: Coming of age story with a murderous twist.

What I liked: I really appreciated the multifaceted way that Cara was written. She was well written and three dimensional. She may have been a serial killer but there was a lot more to her. There was some many different sides to her character. I appreciated Cara’s story in general. For me it was more of a coming of age story with murder. It was more about Cara and growing up and how her relationship with her mother changes as she is maturing and falling in love. The ending really surprised me. I really enjoyed how the story ended. I wasn’t left feeling lost or empty.

What I didn’t like: There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like.

Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

My thoughts: I truly enjoyed this story. I think that Taylor really hit on something with this story. Even though Cara was a killer you felt for her. You felt for the child that she was….the woman that she was growing into. I really can’t wait to see what else Taylor has up her sleeve. If you don’t haven’t gotten this in your brain you are missing out.

A big thank you to Sonora for sending me a copy for review.

In the Beginning

I have no idea how to start this but I guess that is what everyone says when they take on a large project. Books have been my lifelong passion. The consistent companion that I would turn to when times got rough or even when times were good. I want to share my love of books and reading to the world so I started this blog.