Author: Angela Carlie
Genre: Suspense / Thriller
My Copy: Review Copy via Author
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Synopsis: Jenny’s stuck.
She’s tried just about every occupation she can think of and will be digging out of student debt for a very long time, but has nothing to show for it. Her everyday routine feels like a prison. And her marriage? Well, let’s just say it’s been a little one-sided lately and the money she threw down on the toys from Lover’s Erotic Store was well worth it and then some.
Jenny decides her next big step is to become a romance writer. Romance books are flying off the virtual shelves, after all. This will be her big break, her escape from the prison, and a way to freedom. Self-publishing is all the rage these days. She’ll be a best seller in no time.
When Jenny makes friends with a woman named Cassandra from the gym, she instantly decides that her new friend will make a perfect main character in her upcoming book. After the first chapter, real life begins to resemble the fiction she’s writing. Her friendship blossoms, sex with her husband turns into a daily feast, and her job gets more interesting with each chapter written.
Out of the blue, a person who is a close friend with her husband and who is dating Cassandra disappears. As the mystery behind the missing person unfolds, Jenny wonders if she might be responsible for his possible death. And if she is, what will be the consequence? What has this writing business gotten her into?
I’ll go ahead and admit it: I wanted to be part of the blog tour based on the cover alone! It’s gorgeous, but when I actually read the synopsis, I was intrigued and Angela Carlie doesn’t disappoint!
Carlie’s Jenny’s Blue Velvet is a story within a story and by that I mean, we get Jenny’s story and a glimpse into the book she’s writing. Jenny is an author and dreams of publishing her book and it becoming a bestseller in order for her husband, Jason, to quit his job and spend more time with her and the girls. I really enjoyed Carlie’s writing and she knows how to throw a curve ball I didn’t see coming. The alternate text from the story Jenny was writing was engaging and at times, it was a distraction because I wasn’t sure what to make of it; sometimes I just wasn’t interested in reading what she was writing, but it is all related to Jenny’s life.
Character development is a bit weak, but since it’s told via Jenny’s perspective, all we know is what she sees. In the end, it is her story and oh boy, is it a story! I liked Jason and he is a caring husband and I kept wondering why he kept asking her if she took her vitamin. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil the plot, but it all comes together in the end. Candy is the woman Jenny becomes friends with and she’s a bit odd, but accepts Jenny for who she is and Jenny is happy to have a friend. We’re introduced to several secondary characters including Jenny’s daughters and Jason’s friend Adam. Everyone plays an important role including the characters in Jenny’s novel.
I mentioned how Jenny’s book is related to her life and I’m not going to go into details because I really would spoil things and don’t want to do that. I do want to high-five Carlie for the subtle clues that are sprinkled throughout. When I got the end, I was shocked, but then I went back to reread and I could see areas that left me questioning things and while these little hints make sense, at the time they didn’t. Brava, Ms. Carlie for the dark twisted ending! I only hope this isn’t the end of Jenny.
If you have a few hours to spare and are looking for something intriguing to read, I recommend Angela Carlie’s Jenny’s Blue Velvet.
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I’ve lived in the state of Washington my entire life. Sure, it rains a lot, but that’s what makes it so beautiful here. I’d like to say it’s the most beautiful place on the planet, but I have yet to travel the world. Someday I’ll know for sure.
I write fiction involving young people. Mainstream publishing would label my writing as YA or middle grade. Since I’m an indie author, I can skip over the labels and tell you that each one of my stories is unique, can be read and enjoyed by all ages, and almost always has a young person as the protagonist. Authors write what they know and I don’t know old yet. I may someday write about older people, but that’s so far in the future that I can’t see it yet.
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1 digital copy of Jenny’s Blue Velvet is up for grabs! Open internationally and void where prohibited. Giveaway ends September 17th at Midnight MST (2 am EST) & prize will be sent out the week of September 30th. Good luck!