Tour & #Giveaway - After the Wanting by Elmer Seward
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Rising Internet sensation or creepy-guy magnet? Rachel's life is a muddle of highs and lows. Just as her popular product review vlog is taking off, she finds herself fleeing to the seclusion of Virginia's Eastern Shore to escape her most recent romantic disaster. Lex's single-minded pursuit of Rachel frightens her. To be loved and to be safe - That's all she wants.
But terror awaits After the Wanting.
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With a shake of her head, she runs her slender fingers through the damp, auburn waves that now spill over her pale shoulders and down her bare breasts, like streams of dark blood on an alabaster sculpture. She lifts her chin, the curve of her smooth neck, vulnerable. She studies her reflection in the mirror. Pouting, her full lips with downward corners, she fusses with her hair. Maybe she considers going brown. Perhaps she envisions a new shorter look. She lets her uncertainty out in one slow breath, flips her hair back past her shoulders and tilts her head at her mirror image. Then cupping her breasts in her hands, she frowns. Too small. Abandoning the tiny birds nestled in her fingers, she runs her unmanicured nails downward and prods the puffy flesh near her navel. The frown deepens. She pulls at the skin, stretching it to create an illusion of firmness. Maybe a tummy tuck? She huffs as her shoulders slump. Lifting a robe from its hook, she pulls the soft cotton fabric into a warm embrace against her silken skin. She turns and leaves. So much uncertainty. So much self-doubt. So much she doesn’t know.
She doesn’t know that I watch her.
She thinks she’s alone.
She thinks she’s safe.
3 out of 5 (good)
AFTER THE WANTING is a novel about a young woman trying to escape her ex. After feeling unsafe in her apartment, she moves to a friend's house in the middle of nowhere. He'll never find her there, right?
There are many threads that help weave this tale - a husband looking for forgiveness, a daughter lost in her emotions, a psycho who feels justified in his atrocities. Put them together and you get a tense thriller that will keep you turning the pages until you figure out just who the big bad is. I will say he didn't surprise me when I found out, although I was surprised with how long it had been going on for.
The pacing is quite fast and there are a number of supporting characters to help the story move along. Told as a current story, flashbacks, and also some scenes from the future, it was a little confusing to begin with until I got used to the writing style.
This was a quick read that I can recommend.
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Elmer Seward was born and raised along the Chesapeake Bay in southeast Virginia. When he was growing up, the cemetery behind his house was his playground. The metaphorical theme of death and rebirth that figures prominently in his novels is probably influenced in some way by the time that his mother heard, through the screened window, a small voice crying for help. Rushing from the house and through the yard, she discovered her all-too-curious six-year-old son at the bottom of a freshly dug grave. In that moment, he discovered that trouble is much easier to get into than it is to get out of. Sometimes we need help getting out of the hole that we jump into willingly.
He is blessed to have a large blended family and is the reluctant servant of two crazy dogs, a Cocker Spaniel and a BruMaltChiYorkie (don't ask). All of these strongly influence the characters and events in his novels; however, his beautiful wife, Mitzi, is the true inspiration for the tender hearted but determined women in his stories.
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