You want to know why books like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl are such a hit? Because they’re smart and unexpected. In the literary world, plots tend to get diluted and predictable, and it’s awesome when an author is enlightened and brave enough to break out of formulaic confines and actually surprise readers.
Because I consider you to be the savvy sort of reader, I bring you a novel whose author did exactly what I described above. DEAR STEPHANIE by Mandi Castle. (< hit that title to go straight to Amazon and order! Released TODAY!)
Paige Preston wants to end her life. After an unsuccessful attempt, she lands herself in mandatory therapy with a sexy psychiatrist. When he and an even more alluring friend begin to help her break down the walls she’s spent a lifetime building, Paige begins to see something bigger than herself. Is it enough to pull her out of her dark world and help her finally feel like a human? Or will letting someone in be the final step toward her demise?
Dear Stephanie is a sinfully addictive walk through a world of beauty, affluence, and incidental love that effortlessly moves the reader between laughter, tears, heartache, and hope with the turn of every “Paige.”
(alert: giveaway on the horizon)
When I sit down to a book, I want my assumptions to be challenged and I want to escape. Castle’s novel accomplished both. Every time I thought I knew what was coming next, I was shocked off my rocker. You hear me? OFF MY ROCKER. (< what does that even mean?)
You know what’s even better than a smart read? A friendly author who’s willing to talk to me! She took time out of her busy schedule and sat down with me for what turned out to be a
drunken fest very serious meeting. The following are a few intense, in-depth questions she agreed to answer:
ME: Mizz Castle, do you like bananas?
M.Castle: That depends. Are you talking about bananas or airplanes. In which case, I like bananas, and I like airplanes, so yes.
ME: Do you believe in Bigfoot?
M.Castle: Sure, but I think maybe he has a complex, and that’s why he doesn’t want anyone to find him, particularly the people in the show Finding Bigfoot.
ME: A genie is granting you a single wish, but it has to be totally selfish (no wishing for world peace, mkay?), what would you wish?
M.Castle: This is easy, I would wish for a jet with a hot pilot who I could call at my leisure to take me anywhere I want to go, whenever I want to go, even if it’s just to the mall because I don’t feel like driving, and I want to spend a few minutes alone with a hot pilot.
Whew! Okay, let’s let this literary genius off the hook! Was I too tough on her? Hope not. Get a copy of Dear Stephanie in your preferred format TODAY from Amazon.
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Mandi Castle is a daydreaming stay at home mom of two who spends most her time reading and writing. She loves watching football, is obsessed with music, and has a serious addiction to smart funny people. She can often be caught having dance parties in her kitchen in Dallas, Texas. To connect more visit her at mandicastle.com.