Tuesday, January 2, 2018

End of the Road by Karen Michelle Nutt (Spotlight, excerpt, review, and GIVEAWAY) GFT










by Karen Michelle Nutt

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GENRE:   Paranormal Mystery/Ghost/Romance

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BLURB:

Lars Gunner, the frontman for Silent Plaids, died 23 years ago and his death was ruled an unfortunate accident. Despite the fact he can't recall what happened to him in his last moments of life, he is convinced he was murdered. He has been trapped in limbo until his daughter, Cecilia, unearths his journal and is able to see him. She seeks help from Kaleb, a psychic, but as they resurrect the past, the secrets and lies surrounding Lars' rock and roll life just may be the death of them too.


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EXCERPT

(It is coming up on the anniversary of rock star legend, Lars Gunner's death, 23 years and counting. Every year, Cecilia's mother remembers the good old days by watching old movies and drinking herself into oblivion. Worried, Cecilia pays her mother a visit.)

"He's here, you know," her mother whispered and her breath smelled like an ashtray.



"Who's here?" she asked.



Her mother moved away from her grip and walked over to the black roadie box, which had wheels and a handle to make transporting equipment, music sheets, and other such items from place to place that much easier. Her father had taken this one with him on the road since his first concert when singing for his supper hadn't been a joke but a reality. He never replaced it with a new one when the band had finally made it big and gourmet banquets were set out for them as if they were royalty. It was like having a lucky sock or coin, but his lucky item just happened to be a beat up old roadie box. Her mother had one too, but hers had been custom made with leopard fur and pink rhinestones.



Her mother's hand slid over the black box, pausing over the dent in one corner as if that particular dent held a fond memory. "Right after your father died, you would come in here and stare at this beat up old thing. I would ask you what you were doing." She glanced over her shoulder at her. "Do you remember what you said?"



She shook her head. Of course, she didn't. She was a toddler and those memories at that age were far and in between and a bit fuzzy at best.



"You would say: Daddy's playing his guitar and singing to me." Her mother pulled her wrap closer around her for what little good the thin piece of material would do to keep her warm. "You were always his little girl. Even in death, you loved him more than me."





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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband. Though her three children are grown and starting their own adventures, she still has a houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.

When she's not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian's Book Covers, "Judge Your Book By Its Cover".

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.



Visit the author at her:









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GIVEAWAY

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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My review: 




3.5 out of stars


End of the Road by Karen Michelle Nutt is a paranormal mystery story that centers on Cecilia Gunner’s quest to solve the mystery surrounding her rock star father’s death…assisted by his ghost. Psychic Kaleb Houston becomes part of the investigation and may prove to be the most important discovery of all, both to Cecilia and her father.

This is a fun story that combines mystery and romance in a gradually unfolding tale that shifts between the past and present. I like the glimpses of the music world and the delightful repartee that result from arguing with a man who has never had the chance to be a true father and is still twenty-seven years old in a world that has had more than two decades of progress. This was a fascinating look at a dysfunctional family with the delightful twist of input from a previously stifled member who can only be heard by a couple of people. Some of the action was predictable and it would be nice to have a little more depth to some of the characters, but the combination of psychic phenomena and emotional scenes keep one rooting for Cecilia to find a way to help her dad and find her own closure and makes this an enjoyable tale.


A copy of this title was provided to me for review




34 comments:

  1. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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    1. Happy New Year, JR. Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. James,
      You're welcome and Good luck!

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    1. You're welcome, as always. Happy New Year and thank you for the opportunity to meet so many interesting authors!

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  3. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Happy New Year, Lisa. Thanks for coming by!

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  4. How did you spend your new year? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Good to see you, Bernie. Happy New Year. I spent it reading and playing Candy Crush, how about you?

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    2. Joseph,
      I spent it with my family and friends. We went to dinner and saw the new Star Wars movie. We had a great time. New Year's Day, we stayed home and just relaxed. That's always nice too. How was your New Year's Eve and New Year's Day?

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  5. Thank you so much for hosting me here today. Thank you for taking the time to read and review End of the Road too. Much appreciated.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Welcome, Karen. Thank you for the opportunity to read your story. I like the idea of psychic phenomena, so I enjoy reading stories that feature psychics. Good luck on the tour!

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    2. Oh, and Happy New Year to you as well!

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    1. Happy New Year, Rita! I hope you get a chance to enjoy the story.

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    2. Rita,
      Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm happy the story has you intrigued!

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  7. Great post, I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year :)

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  8. A great review. The ghost is a nice touch.

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  9. Happy Hump Day! Kids are back to school today and wasn't the happiest about it. Hope your day is a great one and thank you for the giveaway.

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  10. Thank You for the chance to win ;)
    Happy New Year!

    Fiona N

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  11. I'm here helping my bro out today while he is working on his birthday. He asks me to thank you for the giveaway.

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  12. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

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  13. Happy Friday! Enjoy your day and if you're in all this cold bitter weather, keep warm. Thanks again for the giveaway.

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  14. Good Morning! Another cold morning here but think tomorrow will be a little better. The older I get the harder winters become. Hope your day is awesome,fun, and warm. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. I've been working all weekend but it is going by quickly. Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for all you do and the giveaway.

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  16. Happy Monday! We'll make the best of the beginning of another great week. Hope it gets a lot warmer here thank what is was last week. Thanks again for the giveaway.

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  17. Hello and stopping by to thank you for the giveaway. Have a terrific day.

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  18. Good Morning! I sure appreciate all the hard work you put into bringing us great giveaways. Thanks so very much!

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