Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Author Spotlight and Book Review: Indigo Lost

Indigo Lost

Book Blurb from the Press Release:

Afer the brutal murder of her family, and the uncovering of her mysterious abilities, a young girl escapes and hides in the city of Las Vegas — but who is going to protect her?

Violence has always has always been familiar to seven-year-old Mysty, known for her piercing indigo eyes. Ever since she can remember her father has been an aggressive and brutish man, but then one day things go too far and Mysty witnesses the violent murder of her beloved mother. Taken in by the police for safety and questioning, she realises that she has nobody to turn to and can only rely on herself to survive.

So, when she has the chance, she decides to make her escape; the only problem is she’s three floors up and it’s one hell of a drop. But seeing no other option, she takes a leap of faith out of the window and never looks back.

Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, the king of the city, cut-throat mob boss Donny Capello, is contemplating his next takeover when an out-of-control truck nearly crashes into him. Dazed, he notices a skinny young girl with bright blue eyes injured and crouching in a doorway, who he swears somehow saved his life, like a guardian angel. But before he can speak to her she disappears.

Determined to find out who the girl is, and why she would trouble herself to save someone as irredeemable as him, Donny Capello will do anything to find her. But she’s not yet ready to reveal herself, and this time there’s no window for her to escape from, and Vegas is Capello’s city, so it's only a matter of time before he finds her.

In the first book of her epic Infinity Squared series, author S.R. Summers has drawn on her varied life experiences and the challenges she’s personally faced —from work-place bullying to xenophobia— to craft not only a dramatic and, at times uncomfortable, narrative, but also one which provokes questions within the reader about their place in the world.

Through the relationships between her central female protagonist, Mysty, and those she encounters, Summers hopes to highlight the importance of personal growth, the internal conflicts an individual experiences when faced with difficult life questions, and the strength and empowerment of reaching out in life and making real connections and friendships rather than the at-a-distance relationships of today’s technology-mad world.

Blending elements of crime, fantasy, romance and coming-of-age with social fiction, Indigo Lost is the perfect next read for those looking for an exciting and thought-provoking new series to get stuck into this spring.

Indigo Lost




Book Review:

I absolutely loved this book! The story was captivating and moving. But before I start telling y'all how much I love the this book, I need to discuss something that bothered me.

I live on the other side of the pond from the author. Which is fine, I love reading British works. The MC's  mother was from England, so I understood when Mysty had an English accent and turn of phrase. The problem I had with Indigo Lost is the narration used British terms and sayings to describe what was going on. For example, she is describing Mysty going to a truck stop,"Looking up at several of the lorries...", instead of saying semis or semi-trucks. There are quite a few of these throughout the book. So much so that I didn't realize the book was set in America until she decided to travel to Vegas, which was 15% into the book. But enough of my soapbox, on to the good stuff.

I loved this book so much I couldn't put it down. The characters are absolutely brilliant! I enjoyed Mysty with her grit, determination, and kickass attitude. I secretly fell in love with Donny. What girl doesn't want a man to love her, protect her, and have lots of money? 😉 He is just a sweetheart under his mob boss shell. But wait until you get to meet Daryl, the spoiled rich boy. I couldn't stand him but by the end felt a little sympathy for him. Just a little, not much.  The other minor characters where well fleshed out and added more depth to the story.

As for the plot, it was a page turner by far.  So many things were happening. SR Summers doesn't beat around the bush.  There is domestic abuse, and it is graphic. There are sex scenes that are pretty hot. The reader just bounces with Mysty from one adventure to another. I was actually crushed when I got to the end and found out I have to wait for the second book to come out!

Overall with the exception of some minor things, this book is awesome. If you are looking for a story to keep you spellbound til the very last page this is it!
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Thank you to the author and Authoright for this ARC.  This is my honest opinion.

About The Author:

Living in Leamington Spa, West Midlands, S.R. Summers owns and runs the popular ZouBisou cafe. Previously, she has enjoyed a career working within broadcast media whilst living in Belgium and within the field of e-commerce. She also holds a degree in History from the University of Cambridge. When not managing her cafe, you’ll find her busy writing and working on the final book in her Infinity Squared eight-part series. The first in the series, Indigo Lost by S.R, Summers (published by ShieldCrest Publishing April 2018 RRP £20 hardback, £12 paperback and £5.99 e-book) is available to purchase from online retailers, including Amazon, and to order from all good bookstores. For more information you can follow the author @indigolost.

Author Spotlight:

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR DAY?
I’m the owner-manager of my own café in Leamington Spa, which takes up a huge amount of time and energy as we bake all our own cakes (lots of vegan recipes!) and prepare all our own food. It’s a place that attracts all sorts – from students with their laptops to retired couples doing the crossword – which is great.

SO HOW DID YOU FIND TIME TO WRITE THE INFINITY SQAURED SERIES?
I’ve been writing stories since I was five. I have, in fact, written thirteen books, but I have sat on them like a golden eagle on her eggs, cherishing and nurturing them into being with the same absorbed, unstinting devotion. It’s taken me five years to (almost!) finish writing the eight Infinity Squared books, spending every free second from early in the morning before work, to the early hours of the morning, utterly absorbed in the characters and plot as they evolved in my head and on my screen.

DID YOU EVER TALK TO ANYBODY ABOUT INFINITY SQUARED?
Over the years, I let a few people into the ‘room’, to test how the books were received really. I love creating these other worlds, other realities, I can't help it, it's just what my imagination does. But having kept my writing secret for so long, it was a relief to finally share it – but it was terrifying, too, because the whole thing lives in my head, and I had no idea whether it was any good. But the feedback was amazing, and still is, with people saying things like ‘I couldn’t stop reading it!’ or ‘I can’t wait for the next book!’ – things I thought people said about other books, not mine.

SO WHY DID IT TAKE YOU SO LONG TO ‘GO PUBLIC’ AS AN AUTHOR?
I held back. Whether that was because of warnings about the nature of the publishing industry or lack of confidence, I don’t know, but I just couldn’t make the step of getting the books ‘out there’. And then something happened. And I changed. And so, subsequently, did the future of my books.

SO, WHAT WAS IT THAT CHANGED THE FUTURE OF THE BOOKS?
I don’t want to say too much, as it was a very sad family loss that shook us all so badly, followed by my mum spending two months in ITU in an induced coma – from which she thankfully recovered. Our normal, robust family life just stopped. And that was when I realised, finally and fully, how short life is. And it dawned on me how my procrastination was cowardice. This huge story I believed in with unswerving passion, that I had already devoted countless hours to, needed putting out in the world. And one day, an editor walked into the café and we started talking. The journey began. And I didn’t look back.

ARE YOU GLAD YOU ‘STARTED TALKING’?
Yes, yes! It still catches me out when I see my name on copies of Indigo Lost, a story I feel I know like the back of my hand, so much so that it is a part of me. There is a pride there, of course, but it’s always tinged with, I don’t know, a sort of fear too . . . My connection to writing, and my books, is not as straightforward as people seem to think, and I wonder if this is the same for other authors as well . . .

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE AUTHOR?
Lee Child, whose Jack Reacher series I have read from cover to cover. I would absolutely love to meet him, especially as he comes from Coventry – a few miles from where I live.

WHAT DO YOU FIND SO COMPELLING ABOUT HIS WRITING?
That his books are cleverly worked around a few central characters – something which had a massive influence on how I develop my characters – and of course that it translates so well on screen. (Every author’s dream, including mine!)

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WRITING STYLE?
How I write is quite raw, I don’t leave anything out. Not tears, not sex, not the bad stuff we all think and do sometimes. But it is the tiny human details that make the characters so relatable. People get so involved with them that I have been lambasted because of a plot twist, or hugged because a scene or character has made someone cry. And that’s all I ever really wanted. For people to feel and react to these characters that have lived inside me for so long.

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION FOR WRITING?
To make readers think, and think some more. Humanity has lost its way somehow; it’s so trapped in technology that means we can communicate in a hundred different ways, and yet we’re losing touch with each other. The characters in the books scream to be heard and understood, and I think we’re all screaming, too, underneath. We really need to get back together, to listen to each other, and if I could use one word to describe my motivation for writing it’s this: listen.

SO, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
My job is far from complete, and neither is my editor’s! Even when I've finished book eight, which should be in the next few months, there is still so much to do. I never realised how much was involved in publishing! These eight books are powerful and sometimes I honestly wonder where they came from. They are already creating debates about human behaviour – in all its ugliness and beauty – which is all I ever wanted. I’m truly excited about what happens next – which is to get book two published – and next! 

ANY FINAL THOUGHTS FOR READERS AND NEW AUTHORS?
For readers: don’t be afraid, fall into the characters, hate them and love them, and see yourself in them. It’s the only way we’re going to learn to listen and understand each other.
For authors: also, don’t be afraid! Take that giant leap of faith and believe in your characters and yourself. Find an editor who understands not just your book, but you as an author, and will hold your hand when it gets tough (because it does). Words, like music and art, are so powerful. They make people think and talk and come back together. What more could we ever wish for? 


26 comments:

  1. Great review and Interview. I really like the sound of this book.

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    1. It was a great book. Hope you get to try it!

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  2. Really great review and interview. You've provided quite a comprehensive look at this book. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. What a beautiful feature photo! Great review too ;)

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  4. This doesn't sound like my type of read, but I enjoyed your review! And the photo is pretty!

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  5. Great review. I like the sounds of this book. Nice interview too.

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  6. I totally get what you are saying. I read a series recently about a Brit who moved to New York City, so it's okay for that character to use the Brit idioms and such, but not for the rest, and why she though educated people (a reporter and a lawyer) would use the moronic word of ain't constantly... it rankled... So I get it!

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    1. I am so glad I am not alone on this one.

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  7. I'll be getting this one for the pretty hot sex scenes ;) Great review!

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  8. What a beautiful photo to go along with your spotlight. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  9. Great review, this is actually the first time I heard about this book and it looks and sounds absolutely amazing and very intriguing. I am very intrigued too check this one out and see if I like it or not. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

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    1. Your welcome. I hope you get to try it!

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