Happy New Year friends! I hope your 2014 is off to a spectacular start. On my part, I'm going to participate in the "Ringing in the New Year" blog hop hosted by Danielle at Coffee and Characters. This is a first for me. Can you believe it? After almost 6 years of blogging, this is the first time I'm participating in a blog hop.
The idea sounded like a very good one to me, so I jumped on board. The idea of "Ringing in the New Year" is to feature a book you're excited about for 2014. Well, that was a harder choice than I thought it would be. Louis Bayard has this new book coming out. Michael Koryta has this one. And Brad Parks is back with a new Carter Ross. And I'm always excited about the new Craig Johnson and Gregg Hurwitz which will make their appearances later this year. But the book I decided to feature for the blog hop is Hilary Davidson's upcoming BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS, which will come out April 15th.
A little about the book:
Dominique Monaghan just wanted to get even with her two-timing, married boyfriend, a washed-up boxer stuck in a toxic marriage to a dangerously spoiled socialite. However, an elaborate blackmail scheme soon lands her in the middle of an unexpected kidnapping . . . and attempted murder. But who is actually out to kill whom?
Desmond Edgars, Dominique’s big brother, has looked out for his wayward sister ever since their mother was convicted of murder many years ago, so when he receives a frantic phone call from Dominique in the middle of the night, he drops everything to rush to the rescue. But to find out what has really happened to his sister, the stoic ex-military man must navigate a tangled web of murder and deception, involving a family fortune, a couple of shifty lawyers, and a missing child, while wrestling with his own bloody secrets . . . .
My decision to feature BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS included several factors. First, I love Hilary's work. Those who checked out my favorite reads of 2013 post yesterday know that her third novel, featuring Lily Moore, EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES, was on that list. But BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS is Hilary's first novel outside the series. It takes a lot of courage to veer away from what has already proven successful to try something new. There will be Lily fans who will immediately ask when Lily will return. And while I love the books featuring Lily Moore, I'm excited to see Hilary spread her wings and try a new direction, expand her crime fiction horizon, so to speak, and explore new realms that intrigue her. And finally, for those who haven't read Hilary's work before, you don't have to feel like you need to go back to the beginning before checking out this book. While her series can be read out of order, I know many people NEED to read in order...it's a compulsion, but you don't have to worry about that on this book...it's got no strings.
There's something kind of special about being around when a writer first starts out, and I feel lucky that I've had that opportunity with Hilary. I see very big things in her future, and I think BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS is another step on her ladder to that future.
So put BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS on your radar. Remember, April 15th. You'll hear more about it here as well. You can check out Hilary's other books on her website. You can also connect with her on Facebook or Twitter. She's a lot of fun on social media so I encourage you to get to know her.
But in the mean time, I'm absolutely thrilled to tell you that Forge has kindly offered up an ARC of BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS for the winner of my blog hop drawing. Just tell me in the comments what book you're looking forward to in 2014 (by January 31st) and you're entered to win. Be sure that you either leave your email in your comment or have it on your account profile so I can contact you if you win. (Open to US and Canadian entries only) If you have any problems leaving a comment or have any questions, just drop me an email! Then you can visit the other blogs listed below to check out what books they're excited about for this year. Good luck and Happy 2014!