Daily Archives: August 2, 2014

Introducing Landry Wells by Wendy Corsi Staub

The Perfect StrangerThank you, Dru, for this opportunity to venture back into my character Landry Wells’ shoes. I’ve missed her ever since I finished writing my suspense novel The Perfect Stranger last fall, and with the book released earlier this week, this is perfect timing! I’m about to embark on a book tour through Texas and Oklahoma back to the Northeast and into New England from now until September.

Readers can visit me online at www.wendycorsistaub.com to get a complete tour schedule and find out more about this book and its e-novella prequel, Cold Hearted, which is available exclusively on Amazon.

And now, meet Landry Wells from The Perfect Stranger:

When I was a little girl growing up in Point Clear, Alabama, I’d ride my bike past the graceful bay front homes along the boardwalk to the Grand Hotel. I promised myself that I’d live in one of those houses when I grew up, and that I’d get married beneath the vast magnolia trees at the Grand. Those things did happen, and my husband and I lived a charmed life in our dream house with our beautiful children for nearly 20 years–before fate intervened to rob me of my happily ever after.

I’d been raised to be a proper southern lady—polite, discreet, and delicate. My life revolved around a close-knit circle of friends and family I’d known forever. But when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was plunged into a nightmarish battle for my life, and I suddenly found myself isolated. No one in my small town world could relate to what I was going through. It wasn’t until I turned online that I found support, strength, and solace online in a group of breast cancer bloggers who were scattered all over the country. I couldn’t have survived—and thrived–without them. Long before I beat the disease, I—who had always been shy and reserved—began writing my own blog. Somehow, I was more comfortable sharing details with strangers on the Internet than I was confiding in my own family.

When my blogger friend Meredith was murdered in a random break-in, I had the opportunity to meet our fellow bloggers in person. But after we arrived in Cincinnati for her funeral, I began to suspect that her murder might not have been random at all. Had Meredith made herself vulnerable by revealing too much on the internet? Had I made the same mistake? Was a cold-hearted killer lurking behind a familiar screen name, poised to strike again now that we’d all come together at last? Or was it just my imagination?

The moment I discovered that one of my online friends wasn’t who—and what–she claimed to be, I realized that the threat was all too real. I’m no stranger to fighting for my life, but this time, the enemy isn’t a disease accompanied by a trusted medical team using tried-and-true weapons to fight it. This time, I can trust no one, not even those in my inner circle. This time, I’m on my own—and I have no idea where the enemy is hiding or when I’ll find myself in the crosshairs…

You can read more about Landry in The Perfect Stranger the second book in a trio of social networking thrillers that will conclude with The Black Widow (February 2015), published by HarperCollins.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on August 6 for the chance to win a copy of THE PERFECT STRANGER. (US entries only, please.)

Meet the author
WendySNew York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels. Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children. Learn more about Wendy at www.wendycorsistaub.com, on Twitter or on Facebook.

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Short and Quick Reviews

Crime RibCrime Rib by Leslie Budewitz is the second book in the “Food Lover’s Village” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2014

I love the pace and the comfortable tone of this light fare filled with delicious food to savor and a mystery to solve. The main characters are back and this one kept me glued to the pages, as I had to know who did what to whom.

Cookies and ScreamCookies and Scream by Virginia Lowell is the fifth book in the “Cookie Cutter Shop” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2014

This was an enjoyable read that entertained and kept me engaged from beginning to end with a good mystery that quickly became a page-turner.

Grace Against the ClockGrace Against The Clock by Julie Hyzy is the fifth book in the “Manor House” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2014

This is another great read from Julie Hyzy in a series that continues to shine with a cast of characters that have their own idiosyncrasies that plays in this strong showing.

A Vision in VelvetA Vision in Velvet by Juliet Blackwell is the sixth book in the “Witchcraft” mystery series.  Publisher: Obsidian, July 2014

This series gets better and better with each book and I’m glad. This was a great read and fun as well. I enjoy the interaction and dialogue among this great cast of characters. A good mystery that quickly became a page-turner. I look forward to the next book in this magically delightful series.

Terminal CityTerminal City by Linda Fairstein is the 16th book in the “Alexander Cooper” thriller series. Publisher: Dutton, June 2014

I love this book. The suspense kept me turning the pages and the banter between Mercer and Coop and Coop and Mike kept me entertained. I also love how Linda uses NYC as the backdrop and with this one gave us an inside look at Grand Central Terminal. Keep up the good work and I look forward to the next adventures with Mercer, Coop and Mike.