Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Feature - Wendy Corsi Staub's Live to Tell (& a giveaway)

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosAuthor Wendy Corsi Staub is one busy gal! Last year, every single time I emailed her, she was either on her way to some event, or coming back from one. I honestly don't know how she can write so prolifically as she does! Even this guest post today (see below) was written while on a flight back to JFK from a Caribbean vacation. Now that's dedication! And that's one of the reasons why she's so wide read as she is.

If you're new to this author, then I must tell you that Wendy Corsi Staub is a New York Times bestseller with the suspense novels she writes under her own name, and a USA Today bestseller with women's fiction she writes under her pseudonym Wendy Markham. Whether killing off suspects or romancing a bad boy, Wendy is equally adept at making the readers care and become so engrossed in her plots as to make them feel they're actually there, experiencing it all.

Live to Tell2010 is shaping up to be an exciting year for her, with the launch of a brand new thriller trilogy from Harper's AVON BOOKS imprint. The first title, Live to Tell, is a March release (it released on Feb 23rd, according to Amazon- so buy your copy today!), to be followed later in the year by SCARED TO DEATH and, in 2011, HELL TO PAY.

This the award-winning author of more than seventy novels lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband of seventeen years and their two children.

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February 20, 2010

I’m writing this on board a Cayman Airways flight home to JFK, having just spent a  largely tech-free week on—well, not a desert island, and not a deserted island, but an island just the same—inherently isolated, as islands tend to be, and filled with decadent distractions that don’t involve chargers or remotes. 

Thanks to my Caribbean exile, I honestly have no idea whether Brad and Angelina have split, as was the rumor before I flew away, though I suspect it won’t be long after landing before I find out. 

Funny, in this Facebook/Twitter-frenzied era, how easy it is to get swept, even unwillingly, into the media-trumpeted details of total strangers’ lives—and how blessedly easy it is to forget about them when you’re unplugged. Brangelina, Michael Jackson’s doctor, John Mayer, Snooki and the Situation…

Who cares? Not me. Not when I’m with my family, and there’s a sunlit turquoise sea at my doorstep and a good book in my beach bag.

But one afternoon while wandering through the resort lobby, I heard that a plane had hit a building back in America. Being from New York, I experienced a fleeting, familiar wave of worry and made it my business to swiftly uncover the who-what-when-where-why.

While getting the update, I was also treated to a laughably dire weather forecast from back home—impending doom; I mean, more snow—in FEBRUARY, in the northeast, no less. Imagine.  And, just before I unplugged, I was privy to even more urgent breaking news: Tiger Woods was going to be speaking publically within the next 24 hours, expected to apologize for having sex with a women who weren’t his wife.

Because I also am not his wife, I really don’t think he owes me an apology. In fact, I pretty much don’t care what Tiger Woods does, or with whom.

I just hope I’ll keep that perspective in mind once I get back to the “real world,” where I’ll once again be bombarded by television and tabloid and radio and internet news every waking hour—and the next thing I know, there will be breaking news crawls running across my dreams. 

~ Wendy Corsi Staub

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I know - just turn off the TV and the computer for a couple of days and it's like time slows down immeasurably! I love it... and hate it, at the same time. Luckily, books also have the magic of making time fly by, like Wendy's latest Live to Tell. Here's the snynopsis :

Staub (Dead Before Dark) follows an innocuous stuffed animal into a widening spiral of intrigue in this absorbing series launch. Newly single mom Lauren Walsh asks her ex, Nick, to look for their daughter's toy rabbit in the lost and found at Grand Central Station. In the heart of Manhattan, Congressman Garvey Quinn is riding a popularity wave that could carry him to the White House-but only if he can keep a certain dark secret from bubbling into public view. And in a small Connecticut town, Elsa and Brett Cavalon are still grieving 14 years after their son was kidnapped from their backyard. The connections among these troubled families are slow to reveal themselves, but once Staub's brilliant characterizations and top-notch narrative skills grab hold, they don't let go.

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GIVEAWAY
(*New Giveaway and Prize Fuilfilment Rules. Please Read.

Prize : A copy of this book will go to one lucky reader.

To Enter : Leave a thoughtful comment or question for the author.

For Extra Entries: (please leave a NEW comment for each extra entry you do)
Deadline:   Midnight CST of March 23, 2010.

Eligibility:  US only.

Note - This book was received for review/feature consideration.
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  1. I have never read any of her books but after reading your review one statment pulled me in ... 'making the readers care and become so engrossed in her plots as to make them feel they're actually there, experiencing it all.' Now I can't wait to read this book.

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  5. You vacation sounds great! It's always nice when you don't have to think about the world for a bit. You new releases sound wonderful. Will have to buy.
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  6. I love good plots and this sounds great jacksond@nhr3.net

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  7. I've never read any of this author's work. But the description of this first book in the trilogy sounds great, and I would like to read the whole series when it becomes available.
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  11. Hi, I read Dead Before Dark and really enjoyed the book. I look forward to reading more of your books. Hopefully I will win this one.LOL
    Loved your post and you really are a busy lady.

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  12. Hope you enjoyed your vacation and ready to write.

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  17. There is a lot to be said about being disconnected from the constant bombardment of "news". As technology has expanded, it has become harder and harder for us to leave our jobs behind or just get away from it all. I am as guilty as anyone. I've gotten used to being on the internet every night. The last vacation we took, there was no WIFI where we stayed and a 30 minute limit on their public computers. I was suffering from withdrawal. The world will still keep turning, people will still be doing their thing, and they don't need my help. In September 2001, we were in Canada having a wonderful vacation. We did not find out about the Twin Towers plane attacks until 2 in the afternoon. Did it make a difference to the events that were unfolding? No. We had a few extra hours to enjoy ourselves before a cloud came over our vacation. Don't get me wrong, I want to be well informed, but like you. I don't need to know what Tiger Woods is doing and with whom. It isn't my business nor is it the business of a those busybodies out there making self- righteous comments.

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  18. Great post and excerpt. I havent had the chance to read any of her books yet but this is one of my favorite genres and looks like a great new series.

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  22. Hi everyone! Thanks for all the comments! Irony of ironies, on Thursday, a tremendous snowstorm struck our NYC suburbs, toppling a tree that took down all the wires leading to our house! We were without electricity (no heat, hot water, lights--cable & internet were the least of our concerns) for 3 days and were helpless, our cars trapped behind the tree! Cable won't be back until midweek so I'm still in a news vacuum...and find it oddly freeing! Join me next week for a LIVE TO TELL readalong at www.wendycorsistaubcommunity.com

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  23. Great excerpt! I have this book on my TBP list. Thanks!

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  24. Just read your book Live To Tell. "First time for this author." Have been trying to find Scared to Death with no luck yet. Will keep trying though.

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