Blurb or Paragraph? #1

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So today I thought I would try something different and look at a book I haven’t read and see what makes me want to read it more…. The blurb or paragraph!


Pick a book on your TBR that you haven’t read.

Copy the blurb from Goodreads or Amazon

Pick a random paragraph from anywhere in the book

Vote on what makes you want to read it more blurb or paragraph!

The book I have chosen today is… 

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

The Weight of Silence


It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn’s shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night.

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler.

Calli’s mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter’s voice.

Petra Gregory is Calli’s best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor.

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.


Callie had traveled deeper into the forest, beyond any spot she had been before. She was lost, the fawn had long since left to join it’s mother. Calli wandered around, trying to get her bearings. The trees here were thick and shielded the sun’s rays from her though the air remained steamy, heavy with moisture.


Okay so for this one I can easily say its the blurb that really makes me want to pick up the book. Perhaps I haven’t chosen an interesting enough paragraph but I basically opened up the book and went with the first one that I saw. Not that the writing doesn’t seem good but there is so much mystery in that synopsis and I’m way to nosy!

Blurb: 1                             Paragraph: 0

How would you vote??



Author Showcase – Brysen Mann – The Xeno Manifesto

Hi Everyone, today I will be showcasing debut author Brysen Mann and his newly published novel ‘The Xeno Manifesto’.

Brysen has been kind enough to provide not only an excerpt from his book but an interview as well. ‘The Xeno Manifesto’ is also looking for reviewers at the moment so if you would like a chance to review it make sure you get in contact with Brysen at

You can also find him:


Deputy Frank Smirnov wants a peaceful life but fate has chosen a different path. He could never have imagined a course that not only gives him insight to his past but to the true origins of the human race. NSA Agent Zachariah Allmass’ job is to eliminate those who know too much, and those “Beings” with powers untold that have elected to remain hidden for all these millenniums, now possess evidence he needs for his true employer, the Committee. But Allmass has an agenda of his own.
Meanwhile, Roman Petrov is a violent man who puts his retirement on temporary hiatus after being left with collateral damage that leaves him no choice but to eliminate the “thorn in his side”.

When these men’s worlds collide, secrets that were never meant to be exposed will shake the very foundation of mankind’s existence


They weave their way through the trees for a half hour when they notice the woods have gone silent. They stop…there’s not a sound…it’s getting creepy. Then…the snap of branches echo in the eerie silence of the night and suddenly…the sounds of stones falling near them. Something is tossing rocks in their direction. More branches breaking and Bo is barking and going crazy. They turn on their flashlights illuminating the trees and bushes…the sounds of snapping wood continue and they can now see small rocks being thrown in their direction.

“Hey…who’s out there?” Frank yells wishing he had his weapon.


“Maybe we should head back to camp?” Adam asks nervously.

“Good idea.”

The noise of another branch breaks, a rock falls close to their feet, and Bo yelps at something out in the dark.

“Let’s get out of here.” Frank pushes Adam in the direction of their tent.

They run, almost stumbling along the way; they both lose their flashlights, knocked out of their grasps as they try to dodge trees and small branches whip their faces as they try to find the light of their camp fire. They are closer than they thought and must have been wandering in a circle.

They’re both panting for air when they get there. They look at one another and start laughing.

“Holy cow, that scared the crap out of me,” Adam says between breaths.

Frank hates to admit it, but he’s feeling the same way.

Bo starts barking again and the loud snap of a branch breaking can be heard…the sound is close. A larger stone hits the ground and rolls toward the fire pit. Bo is going nuts, sounds of twigs crunching under footsteps…nearer now.

Then…a figure emerges from the black of the night into the light of their fire.

If you would like to read more make sure to visit the website

Author Interview:

What inspired you to write your book?

I had a story tell, one that I felt was important to get out there. I have never written before or felt the need, until now. It was time to share my narrative.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

 The toughest part was making sure everything tied in. The Xeno Manifesto has a lot of twists and turns and my tale does not end with this first book.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?

 I am shooting for full-time. This story is already in my head, like a memory you could say. 🙂 It’s just a matter of putting it on paper in a manner that the reader will find interesting and be drawn into the story and hopefully give them reason to pause, reflect and discuss.

 How do you feel about ebooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing? 

 I believe if there is a demand for either versions of a book (ebook or print), then fill that demand but I do believe the printed word is coming back strong. There is something to be said about physically handling a book, the smell of the paper and ink and the feel as you turn a page. For me, I would have looked at a publishing house as an option but with a story such as mine, it is impossible to get a feel of the book in the first 4 or 5 chapters which is all any agent or publishing house requests. Therfore, for me, self-publishing was the only route to go.

What did you enjoy most about writing your book? 

There is a lot of me in the main characters of The Xeno Manifesto and that being said, there was a lot of soul searching in the process. I most enjoyed developing  these characters and re-creating the dialogue.


Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?


Anything is possible…

Any advice for others who have started on their own book writing journey?


 I believe you have to write a good story, accept criticism and push to have the book reviewed by as many individuals as possible and let it be judged for what it’s worth, good or bad…hopefully mine will be received with great enthusiasm.

Author Spotlight – Karl Holton

Hi everyone and welcome to another Author Spotlight. Today we will be focusing on author Karl Holton and his debut novel ‘The Weight of Shadows’. Now I have actually just finished this book and was more than a little impressed! It’s definitely one to watch out for!

Goodreads Book Synopsis

When you have spent your life in the shadows, what would you do at the dying of the The Weight of Shadows (Shadow Series, #1)light?

Three years ago the best murder detective in London is blamed for the death of his colleague and kicked out of the Met.

A man with secrets buried in the past and present returns to London, the city that started the mysterious career which made him a billionaire.

The two need each other.

But they have no idea how much.

Getting to know Karl

Karl was born and grew up in London, England. He is a chartered accountant and worked in the financial markets sector for over thirty years. For years he was carrying around stories in his head so he decided to start writing. His first book is the ‘The Weight of Shadows’ that was published in July 2017. It is the first in a series of books in the crime thriller genre.

He now lives in Surrey, England with his wife and two children.

Some early reviews of ‘The Weight of Shadows’

Elaine Emmerick / The Hybrid Nation – 5 stars

“The ending is absolutely spine-tingling!” ”a story that is intense and heart-pounding!”

Bookgirl Sulagna – 5 stars

“every chapter ended with a cliffhanger”

“irresistible book, impossible to put down.”

Topaz17 – 5 stars

“a thrilling story and keeps you guessing”

Links related to Karl Holton

You can buy ‘The Weight of Shadows’ on here and on every other Amazon website.

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Karl would love to hear from readers and discuss the book.

Book Review: After I’ve Gone by Linda Green

However hard I try, I will be thwarted somewhere along the line. Resistance is futile. I may as well accept my fate. 

Goodreads Synopsis:After I've Gone

YOU HAVE 18 MONTHS LEFT TO LIVE . . . On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount checks Facebook and discovers her timeline appears to have skipped forward 18 months, to a day when shocked family and friends are posting heartbreaking tributes to her following her death in an accident. Jess is left scared and confused: is she the target of a cruel online prank or is this a terrifying glimpse of her true fate?
Amongst the posts are photos of a gorgeous son she has not yet conceived. But when new posts suggest her death was deliberate, Jess realises that if she changes the future to save her own life, the baby boy she has fallen in love with may never exist.


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When I first read the synopsis for this book, I was mainly wondering how on earth the author would be able to successfully include Facebook as a manner of time-travel/a portal in the future and it was great to see just how well the author was able to manage this. The story follows Jess Mount as she she attempts to deal with the knowledge that she apparently only has eighteen months to live, however not only is she trying to understand what on earth is happening to her as times goes on it becomes more and more apparent that her demise was not accidental,  someone else is likely behind it. One thing I liked about this was that it kind of took us back eighteen months, to the start of 2016. Not only does this bring up memories from last year some less favourable then others but it shows the use of social media and the way the public reacts to deaths of friends and family as well as celebrities.

Jess herself was a lot younger then I expected her to be and her decisions she makes at the start of the book reflect this. Despite her youth she still has a complicated past with her mother passing away 7 years previously. I think it also provided more of a shock value as a single 22 year old is somehow able to see a glimpse into her future in which is she not only married but is mother to an adorable little boy, that and she is now no longer among the living but I think for her at the time the other stuff was actually more of a surprise. It also provided a great opportunity for the author to be able to show a lot of character growth and development something she took full advantages off. Also double points for including more then a few Harry Potter references haha.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes