Furious by T.R. Ragan

Hi everyone!

T.R. Ragan has written a new book titled Furious! I personally loved her book Abducted that my OTSPSecretSister got me and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in that series. Anyway, I volunteered to be a part of this blitz tour because T.R. Ragan is such an amazing storyteller. I love books that are like episodes of Criminal Minds or CSI. Below is a little information about the book, the author T.R. Ragan, an excerpt from Furious, and a GIVEAWAY!!!!

Synopsis: 

Faith McMann comes home to a nightmare: her husband is killed and her son and daughter are taken. Although the intruders leave her for dead, she survives. Crippling grief and fear for her children make life unbearable. Until her anguish turns to anger…and she trades victimhood for vengeance. Frustrated with the law’s efforts, she takes action to rescue her children—and wreaks havoc on the brutal criminals who tore them from her. With her family and newfound allies at her side, Faith descends into the hellish underworld of human trafficking, determined to make those who prey on the innocent pray for mercy. The forces she’s up against have already proven that their ruthlessness knows no bounds. And there’s nothing they won’t do to turn Faith’s crusade into a suicide mission. But they’re about to learn that nothing is more dangerous than a mother fighting for her children—especially one who’s earned the nickname Furious.

 Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | The Book Depository

Author Bio: 

T.R. Ragan (Theresa Ragan) is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. Her exciting Lizzy Gardner series: Abducted, Dead Weight, A Dark Mind, Obsessed, Almost Dead, and Evil Never Dies, has received tremendous praise. In August 2015 Evil Never Dies hit #7 on the Wall Street Journal Bestselling List. Since publishing in 2011, she has sold over two million books and has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, PC Magazine, Huffington Post, and Publishers Weekly. Theresa grew up in a family of five girls in Lafayette, California. An avid traveler, her wanderings have carried her to Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, China, Thailand, and Nepal, where she narrowly survived being chased by a killer elephant. Before devoting herself to writing fiction, she worked as a legal secretary for a large corporation. Theresa and her husband Joe have four children and live in Sacramento, California. FURIOUS, the first book in her most recent Faith McMann series will be released March 22, 2016, followed by OUTRAGE and WRATH.

Early Praise

“Faith McMann, heroine of this gripping novel, is a Sacramento schoolteacher, wife, and mother who comes home just in time to witness her husband’s throat getting cut and her two children hauled away. The attempt on her life is botched—the killers were in a hurry—and as she recovers, she’s convinced the police are brushing her off. So she whacks a detective with his computer keyboard and gets sentenced to anger management sessions. If this were a cookie-cutter thriller, the male hero would be tracking the killers with an automatic weapon and maybe a major babe beside him. But our hero is smarter than that, and her revenge is a product of relationships, not bullets. In classes, she meets other victims as angry as she is, and, together, in fine scenes of action and suspense, they seek explanations and vengeance as well as the children’s rescue, which takes them into a slimy world of human trafficking. Learn here about “lot lizards” and “kiddie strolls” on the way to a wild finale. Suspenseful and smart, in equal measure.” —Don Crinklaw, Booklist

“Searing…Readers with strong stomachs will eagerly await the next installment.” —Publishers Weekly

I am lucky enough to give you guys an excerpt of the book and OMG am I hooked already! If you love suspense stories I’m sure you’ll love this book. I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below! 

Furious by T.R. Ragan Excerpt

The kids unlatched their seatbelts, jumped out of the car, and ran through the garage and into the house before the song ended. Faith sang along until the last verse, then sat there for a moment and soaked in a little peace and quiet.

Working full-time and raising two young kids tended to make moments like this rare.

Her cell phone buzzed. It was her sister. “Hey, what’sup?” Faith asked.

“I’ll tell you what’s up,” Jana said. “Steve is driving me nuts! I quit drinking, I stopped devouring cake and cookies, but now he won’t let me lift anything heavier than a milk carton. This baby is going to be born stressed out if he doesn’t chill.”

Faith smiled. Her sister was a drama queen. “What time will you be coming tomorrow?”

“Oh, my God, I forgot about the party.”

“You have got to be kidding me,” Faith said. “You were supposed to make six dozen cupcakes. Do you know how much I still have to do before—”

Her sister’s laughter cut her off midsentence.

Faith sighed when she realized Jana had been joking about not making the cupcakes. “That’s not funny, Jana.”

“You’re such a dweeb. How could I possibly forget to make six dozen cupcakes when you’ve reminded me every single day for the past two weeks?”

“I don’t know, but I have to go.”

“Wait—Have you told Craig the news?”

“No.”

“Why not?”

“He’s been busy with work—and, you know, bills stacking up, new tires for the car, busted water heater last month. I haven’t found the right moment to tell him about baby number three.”

“He’ll be thrilled. Don’t wait too long, OK?”

“Don’t worry, I won’t.” Faith disconnected the call and was about to head off for the store when she remembered the grocery list hanging on the refrigerator. She left her purse in the car and climbed out. Weaving around toys and bikes, she headed through the garage door into the kitchen, where it looked as if a tornado had swept through the house. Kitchen drawers had been left open.

Papers and broken dishes were scattered across the floor.

Her heart raced. What is going on?

Just as she was about to call out her husband’s name, she stepped into the family room and saw Craig on the floor, bound and gagged.

A man she didn’t recognize hovered over him.

The scene before her made no sense.

Her heart pounded in her chest, making it difficult to breathe as her gaze darted around the room.

And then she spotted them.

Lara and Hudson sat together on the couch. Their hands had been duct-taped behind their backs. More duct tape covered their mouths. Another man stood close by, watching over them.

Time stopped as she tried to figure out what to do.

Craig always said they should buy a gun, but she didn’t want to keep one in the house. Eyes wide, she looked at the knife drawer. Grab a knife? Or run and alert the neighbors?

The two men exchanged a glance. Their eyes said it all.

She turned and ran.

If she could get inside the car and lock the doors, she could honk the horn or drive the car right through the wall and into the house if she had to. That might get one of the neighbors’ attention.

She flew through the back door leading to the garage and screamed at the top of her lungs before someone grabbed her from behind, twisted her around, and brought her face up close to his.

“Where is it?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she said as she struggled to get free.

He sneered. His eyes were bloodshot, filled with desperation.

He smelled of stale tobacco. Strong arms held her in place. She thought of every show she’d ever seen on getting away from an assailant, but fighting him was useless. “Let us go!” she cried.

He shook her hard enough to make her teeth rattle.

“You have five seconds to tell me where it is!”

This time when she screamed, she dug her heel into his foot and tried to twist out of his grasp.

He slammed her to the ground. Her head hit the cement floor, and her world turned black.

Giveaway: 5 copies of FURIOUS (US Only)

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

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The Playlist Shuffle Tag

Marissa at Growing-Up Booknerd posted this and tagged anyone who hasn’t done it. Since I haven’t done it I decided to play along. I love music. It helps me get through the day at work. It just makes me happy. I’m excited to see what songs will come up!

Rules: Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating) then tag 10 others to do it as well.

Here we go!

  1. I’ll be Waiting – Adele
  2. Something More – Bonnie Dune
  3. Bette Davis Eyes – Blondie
  4. Mean – Taylor Swift
  5. Shock to Your System – Tegan & Sara
  6. Better Man – Pearl Jam
  7. Rocket Man – Elton John
  8. Kocaine Karoline – Elle King
  9. Various songs played by my friend on piano – Kyle M.
  10. Long Live – Taylor Swift
  11. Gimme Three Steps – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  12. Say You Love Me – Fleetwood Mac
  13. Chasing Pavements – Glee Cast
  14. Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
  15. I Would do Anything for You – Foster the People

Well, that certainly wasn’t the list I was expecting. No Fun. and only one Glee song is odd. Fun fact, I love classic rock and I have a ton on my iTunes. I also downloaded every Glee song that came out, so that’s like 400 which is why it’s weird only one showed up. A little surprised that T Swift showed up twice, well more that it’s those 2 songs considering I listen to her new album much more. If you don’t Elle King, you need to fix that. Also I know they didn’t show up on the list, but go listen to Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats! Finally, I absolutely adore that my friend Kyle playing the piano came up. It’s a mix of different classic rock songs. ❤

Have you taken the challenge? If not I challenge you!

Top Ten Tuesday: SPRING TBR!!!!

I’m hopping on the TBR and Top Ten Tuesday’s train this week. I’m also writing this list in the hopes that I actually read all these books. I’m going to try and read them by the end of May, but we’ll see.

1: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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2: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

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3: All the Feels by Danika Stone

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4: Edge of Wild by Danika Stone

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5: Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

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6: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

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7: Exit, Pursued By A Bear by E. K. Johnston

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8: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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9: Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

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10: Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

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Winter Jam

So to start getting back in the swing of things, I decided to share my experience from Winter Jam. Winter Jam is a free concert hosted by a local radio station in Philly, radio 104.5. This is my 4th year going. They always have great bands and it’s just a really fun day. This year featured Coleman Hell, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Elle King, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

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This year I went with my cousins and some of their friends. It was held at Xfinity Live, which is by all the major stadiums in Philly. First up was Coleman Hell and I only knew one of his songs, so I wasn’t sure how I’d like his set. He was pretty good, but definitely my least favorite of all the performers. He tried interacting with the crowd, but it seemed like a lot of people were in the same boat as me and only knew his hit song.

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Next up was Nate Rateliff & the Night Sweats, and in my opinion the best of the entire day. Not only was he a great singer, but the band was so entertaining. It was just him and six guys in the band up on stage rocking out. Watching them perform live was thrilling and it made me want to buy their album (which I did once I got home). Wesley Watkins, who was on trumpet (and shakers) stole my attention right away. You could just tell how much he loved the music he was playing. If I can figure out how to imbed a video, you’ll see what I mean.

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My second favorite performer was up next, Elle King. Fun fact, she is Rob Schneider’s daughter. Yes that guy from all the Adam Sandler movies. She’s a foul mouthed, no nonsense woman and I love her. She actually went to college in Philly and one of the songs she sang was supposedly about one of the a**holes she dated while here. She was so gritty and real and I loved her sound. I bought her album when I got home too. She also did a beautiful rendition of The Beatles Oh Darlin’.

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The last performer, Andrew McMahon, actually opened last year’s Winter Jam. You may know him from Jack’s Mannequin or Something Corporate. He wasn’t bad, but it was almost the same set as last year, which made it a blah experience for me. Also, by that point I was being pushed from all sides and people were crowd surfing around me (aka getting hit on the head). BUT the cool part was Andrew also crowd surfed and I got to touch his ankle and get it all on video! 🙂

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Been A Long Time Gone…

So, it’s been a little over a month since my last post. I know, horrible! Since then I’ve read 10 books and I’m in the middle of 3 more. I hope to post reviews for the books I read, but I might group them to make it a little easier on myself. I’ve also been deep into the TV world. You guys don’t even understand how many tv shows I watch. So many, that I make myself an excel spreadsheet to help me remember when they all start and come on. Anyway, I’ve also seen a few movies and went to a concert. Fingers crossed, I plan to write about it all this month before things get too crazy again.

In the book world, something very exciting happened to me. I was chosen to be part of author Danika Stone’s “street team” for her new book Edge of Wild! I’m very excited about this! The book will be coming out on May 1st, so look forward to a giveaway and the blog tour/read along in early May!

Finally, I just want to try and do a weekly post. I’ve seen some amazing ideas out there already. I might ask other bloggers if I can hop on their weekly post ideas or create a new one. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.  🙂

Ok signing off for the night!