September 11, 2013

Spotlight on: Jenny's Blue Velvet by Angela Carlie

Jenny's Blue Velvet by Angela Carlie
Publication date: August 22nd 2013
Genre: Adult Romantic Thriller


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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?

JENNY’S BLUE VELVET is a dark, humorous, romantic thriller for adults only.
Jenny's Blue VelvetJenny's Blue Velvet by Angela Carlie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is weird. But not weird in a bad way. It's weird in a good, unexpected way. I will say that it started off slow for me, and I had a hard time getting into it at first, but the main character, Jenny, is so quirky and odd that I couldn't quite make myself put it down. I wanted to know what she was going to do next.

On the surface, Jenny's life seems really boring. She's nearly forty, has two 14-year old twin daughters, and has been married to Jason for half her life. He is the owner of a gym and a fitness buff. Jenny, is not athletically inclined at all, but has recently took up running. You see, Jenny's thing is that she doesn't have a thing. She bounces around from career to career and interest to interest and can never seem to settle. Her sex life with her husband has flatlined, and she hates her job, so she's searching for something to fulfill her. So she turns to writing. She thinks that if she can write the next big romance novel, money will come rolling in and she'll be able to pay off all of their debt and then their real lives can begin. But weird things begin to happen. She meets Cassandra and becomes friends with her in real life. Cassandra inspires Jenny's character, Candy, in her new book. But the more she writes her book, the more things in the real world start to go sort of wonky. And then things just get downright...crazy.  People around Jenny start disappearing or turning up dead, and she begins to think that maybe her book has something to do with it all.  If only she knew....

I will definitely say that I'm glad I kept reading this book. The last half of the book really picks up the pace, and there are several huge twists that I didn't see coming - at all. Very entertaining, and a very original and creative story line.  Even after finishing this book, I still wonder if I really ended up "getting" it.  This is definitely a story that will stay with you and make you think.  I ended up enjoying it very much!

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AUTHOR BIO
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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