Let’s travel the decades || The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls
The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die Hunts the Killer Who Shouldn’t Exist

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.

Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He’s the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

The Shining Girls is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

3 stars

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COVER REVEAL: Born to Die by Winter Austin

Hey everyone, I’m excited to announce that I’ve got Literary Constellation’s first cover reveal for you all today and I’m so happy to be a part of it! So without further ado: BORN TO DIE!

COVER REVEAL | Born to Die by Winter Austin
Born to Die by Winter Austin
Series: The McEntire County #2
Published: March 18th 2016 by Crimson Romance
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Romance

Trouble’s on the run in rural Eider, Iowa, and Deputy Cassy Rivers’s heart is in the line of fire. Two years ago, she barely escaped a harrowing experience at the hands of a maniac—and not without scars. Now a series of random robberies leads to the brutal death of a fellow officer, and she must put her trust in the one man who broke her heart.

FBI agent Boyce Hunt knows commitment isn’t for men with pasts like his. He left Cassy once to protect her from the blackmail and manipulation he faces from his mother’s criminal enterprise. But when they reluctantly partner up to capture the modern Bonnie and Clyde terrorizing McIntire County, their attraction flames to life once more, pulling Boyce between two loyalties.

Will they risk their hearts again, even if it means losing everything?

The novel is available for request on Edelweiss here.

Winter Austin
About the author:
Winter Austin perpetually answers the question: “were you born in the winter?” with a flat “nope.” Having returned to her hometown, Winter has stepped into the chaotic world of a full-time wife, mom, author, and employee.

A lifelong Mid-West gal, Winter rediscovered her love of her beloved Iowa with its hot summers and snowy winters. She grew up listening to the captivating stories told by relatives around the table or a campfire. Since becoming a published author, she learned a mindset of a glass half-empty personality makes for a perfect suspense/thriller author. Taking her ability to verbally spin a vivid and detailed story, Winter translated that into writing deadly romantic thrillers. Combining her love of all things rural, agricultural, and military, she’s turned her small town life upside down.

Winter Austin’s links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

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A blog update

Hey everyone! As I began producing my Top 5 Wednesday post for this week, I realized I didn’t have many options for the topic so I decided instead to take this time to tell you what’s going to happen with Literary Constellation.

With the start of a new year, I knew I wanted to take blogging more seriously and as I’ve been seeing more and more people redesigning their own blogs, it’s inspired me to revamp mine as well. So not that a lack of posting will be something new, but there’s a reason for it this time! I’ve spent over the past week coming up with new ideas and putting them into works. I’m hoping by this time next week, if not sooner, Literary Constellation will have a completely new look.

Along with the new design, I want to bring to you more (hopefully helpful) content, so with that comes weekly scheduled posts! I’m not quite sure yet about how many times I will post a week, but once I figure it out, I hope you all will enjoy what I put out there for you. Please be patient with me for the time being and I’ll be back up to full speed as soon as I can! Thank you! 😊

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e-ARC Review: A Cure for Madness by Jodi McIsaac

A Cure for Madness
A Cure for Madness by Jodi McIsaac
Series: No
Published: January 19th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer
Pages: 299pg.
Format: e-ARC / Source: Netgalley
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense

Goodreads synopsis:
Clare Campbell has worked hard to create distance between herself and her troubled family. But when she receives news of her parents’ murder, she’s forced to return to the quiet town of Clarkeston, Maine, to arrange their funeral and take legal guardianship of her unpredictable and mentally ill brother, Wes.

While Clare struggles to come to grips with the death of her parents, a terrifying pathogen outbreak overtakes the town. She is all too familiar with the resulting symptoms, which resemble those of her brother’s schizophrenia: hallucinations, paranoia, and bizarre, even violent, behavior. Before long, the government steps in—and one agent takes a special interest in Wes. Clare must make a horrifying decision: save her brother or save the world.

3-5 stars

*I was provided an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Tag time: The 30 Disney questions

Hello! I’ve seen this across a few blogs over the weekend and I couldn’t pass it up. Every kid grows up on Disney, right?! Here we gooooo.

Favorite character
Simba! My best friend’s mom has a cat named Nemo and I was so mad they didn’t name him Simba because he reminds me so much of him. He’s so cute and adorable, but then he’s such a little rascal always looking to get into some trouble and trying to be much fiercer than he is. 🙈

2. Favorite princess
Belle. A fellow bookworm!

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3. Favorite heroine
Merida from Brave.

4. Favorite prince
Flynn Rider from Tangled.

5. Favorite hero
I really like Kristoff from Frozen! He’s quite funny.

6. Favorite animal
Hm… I can’t decide between Sven and Pascal.

7. Favorite sidekick
Dory from Finding Nemo!

8. Favorite villain

9. Favorite original character

10. Favorite love song
A Whole New World from Aladdin.

11. Favorite song
Possibly Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid, but I can’t really choose!

12. Favorite villain song
Mother Knows Best from Tangled, definitely.

13. Least favorite song
I don’t… know??

14. Favorite kiss

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15. The first movie you saw
I have absolutely no idea.

16. Favorite classic
Maybe Lady and the Tramp or The Fox and the Hound.

17. Song that always gets stuck in your head
There’s quite a few, but I’ll list some of them.

You’ve Got A Friend in Me – Toy Story
Hakuna Matata – The Lion King
I Just Can’t Wait to be King – The Lion King
Under The Sea – The Little Mermaid

18. Favorite Pixar film
Probably has to be Toy Story. All of them.

19. Least favorite Pixar film

20. Favorite sequel
The Lion King 2!

21. Overrated movie
I really don’t know?

22. Underrated movie
Does non-animated movies count? If so, I’d have to say Enchanted.

23. Movie that makes you laugh
The Jungle Book is the only one I can think of.

24. Movie that makes you cry
The Lion King. 😩 Basically any movie where an animal dies, probably.

25. The saddest scene from your favorite movie
Alright, it’s not my favorite, but it’s one of my favorites. I have to go with Toy Story 3, when Andy says goodbye to them.

26. Saddest death
Mufasaaaa. 😢

27. Favorite quote

28. Favorite theme park

29. Favorite theme attraction

30. Favorite theme park show

I didn’t answer these last three questions because I’ve only ever been to a small part of Disney World in Florida over 10 years ago and I didn’t have a great experience so I can’t really remember much.

Did you do this tag? Share the link in the comments so I can check out your answers! Thanks for reading!

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