Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review and Interview: Unspoken Bonds by Michelle Grey

Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Lucky 13 Unlimited 

Book Description:

Being summoned to the emergency room to interpret for deaf patients is nothing new for Rachel Mansfield. But finding herself interpreting for a scared, abandoned little girl with nothing but a note pinned to her shirt? Well, that’s a first.
An instant bond forms between them, and Rachel’s protective instincts kick into high gear as Lily’s mysterious past meets an uncertain future. As hours turn into days, Rachel’s biggest worry is that they won’t find Lily’s family. Until she meets Lily’s uncle, Garrett. Then he becomes her biggest worry.
Betrayed by his family, Garrett Staker knows his path. He’s plotted every step. And as he closes in on his most important business goal, one thing is certain -- his plan doesn’t include assuming responsibility for a niece who was presumed dead after his sister’s murder.
Despite the undercurrent of attraction, Rachel and Garrett are at odds over Lily’s future. But as Garrett’s business comes under attack from within, and the questions about Lily’s past loom larger, they must find a way to work together. Their lives, and Lily’s, depend on it.

My Review:

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Michelle.

I did love this book, maybe more than Dangerous Ally! I couldn't wait for my reading time while reading this book and was very upset when my kindle died on me!!
This story makes you go through many emotions and will have you hooked. I know I can't wait for another book by Ms. Grey!
I was amazed by the knowledge displayed by the author on the subject of Lily and her hearing.
Lots of little surprises and shockers.But all well worth it.

Interview with Author

Welcome to Eskimo Princess Blog! So happy to have you here.  First can you start by telling us a little about yourself?  Give us something Juicy J

Thank you so much for allowing me to stop by! I’m the mother of four amazing kids and I just celebrated 26 years of marriage to my best friend, Jim. I’ll save the juicy parts, but just say that we’re having more fun now together than when we were eighteen. ;-) In addition to being a wife and mom, I’m blessed to call myself a four-year survivor of ovarian cancer.

  1. When did you know you wanted to be an author? When did you first start writing? Writing has always been fun for me, and throughout the years while we were raising kids and just being generally “busy”, I shelved the dream until a few years ago when my mom lost her battle with cancer. I got to wondering if she’d had dreams or desires that she’d never fulfilled, which naturally led me to ask that question of myself. It was then that I decided to dust off my dream of becoming a novelist. Not long after that, I started putting words on the page.

  1. How do you stay motivated while you’re writing? It’s funny, but writing gives me energy. I feel more alive and fulfilled when I’m putting a story together than with anything else I’ve ever done professionally. So, for me, finding motivation isn’t the tough part. Now finding time? That’s another story.

  1. What was the last book you read? I’ve been enjoying a few indie authors lately. The last book I read was Between Faith and Fear by J.A. Dennam.

  1. Who are you dying to meet? Reed Timmer. He’s an amazing storm chaser and I really need him for research on my next novel.

  1. What was your favorite part of Unspoken Bonds? With any novel I write (or read for that matter), my favorite part is watching the characters develop and change. And both Rachel and Garrett had quite a bit of growing to do. J My favorite scene though was probably when Rachel and Garrett’s first meet. I loved their interactions and the humongous gulf between their ideologies.

  1. This would technically be book 2, Dangerous Ally was first, would you suggest to your readers to read book 1 before reading Unspoken Bonds?  While the books have related characters, it’s not necessary to read them in order. I always prefer to read in order, but that’s just me. In fact, the next book, which is still untitled, is the story of Jack Mathis (Garrett’s best friend in Unspoken Bonds), and once again, you won’t have to read the previous books to jump into his life.

  1. What can we expect next? And When? As I mentioned, Jack’s story is next up where the case he worked on in the background of Unspoken Bonds comes to the forefront. And, as you might guess, getting back on the trail of the killer is going to lead him smack into a woman who is going to rock his world. We’re looking at a mid-summer 2014 release.

  1. This story is really about Lily and her hearing, how much research did you have to do?  Cause wow! The details were great and very knowledgeable. Thank you! While I took a little bit of creative license, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to some amazing ladies at St. Luke’s Midwest Ear Institute. They walked me through Lily’s situation from beginning to end as if she were their real patient. It was fabulous and I learned a lot in the process!

About the Author

Michelle Grey 
Michelle Grey has always been an avid lover of books. After surviving a run-in with ovarian cancer, Michelle decided that there would never be a better time to pursue her dream of becoming a romantic suspense author. Her debut novel, Dangerous Ally, launched in January 2013 followed by Unspoken Bonds, which released in September 2013.

Michelle lives in the Midwest with her husband of twenty-five years and has four amazing and unique children, a great son-in-law, and a beautiful granddaughter. For her, any day that involves family, writing, or reading is a great day, indeed.