Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Beginning: Olivay by Deborah Reed


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Those who saw it that morning never said a word about Will's long stride when he walked down the sidewalk, or the way his legs bowed slightly with every step.

-- Olivay by Deborah Reed. That's quite an enigmatic first sentence for a thrill-a-minute new novel. I know from the back cover that the title heroine is a widow who looks for comfort in the arms of a stranger named Henry, only to wake up to a terrorist attack on Los Angeles. So who is Will and how does he fit in?

I want to read the whole thing. Right. Now.

Reed wrote Carry Yourself Back to Me and Things We Set on Fire, two fine literary novels set in Florida farm country. She also wrote two wild-ride thrillers, A Small Fortune and Fortune's Deadly Descent, under her Audrey Braun pen name. In Olivay, Reed brings her her literary and storytelling skills together in one roller-coaster adventure.

I'm lucky enough to get a review copy of this one. Olivay is coming out on July 7 and is available for pre-order from Wallace Books (call 503-235-7350 to order a copy) or from amazon in kindle, paperback, or audio editions.

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