Thursday, June 27, 2024

We'll always love Robyn a book giveaway

Introduction by Melissa Amster

We are so pleased to have Robyn Harding back at CLC today! She's another one of my go-to thriller authors and I'm always excited to read anything she writes. Her previous thriller, The Drowning Woman, was one of my 2023 top picks. Her latest, The Haters, was riveting and kept me turning the pages! Check out my review. Thanks to Grand Central Publishing, we have TWO copies to give away!

Robyn Harding is the bestselling author of several novels including The Haters, The Drowning Woman, The Perfect Family, The Arrangement, Her Pretty Face, and The Party, which was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel. Her novel, The Swap, debuted at #1 on the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star Canadian bestsellers lists. She is also the screenwriter and executive producer of the independent film, The Steps. She lives in Vancouver, BC, with her family and two cute but deadly rescue chihuahuas. (Bio courtesy of Robyn's website.)

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Camryn Lane is living her dream. After years of struggle and rejection, her first novel has finally been published. Her editor is happy; her teenage daughter is proud; and her boyfriend and friends are all excited for her. She’s on top of the world—until she receives a disturbing message from an unknown sender.
Rattled by the accusations she finds there, Camryn swallows the sick feeling in her stomach and resolves to put the missive out of her mind. But when she checks her ratings on a popular book site, she finds a scathing one-star review. The reviewer is so articulate and convincing that soon, Camryn’s book is flooded with bad reviews. Could the reviewer be the same person who sent the ugly email? And why do they want to ruin her?

As the online harassment creeps into Camryn’s personal life, she vows to find out who’s behind it. Is it really a disgruntled reader? Or could it be someone she knows? The troll’s actions are escalating, and when the abuse turns deadly, it will take everything Camryn has to unmask the enemy so intent on destroying her—and finally learn why she's being targeted.
(Courtesy of Amazon.)

“Filled with Harding’s signature sleight of hand, The Haters grabbed me at page one and kept me blazing through the pages until the final jaw-dropping page.” 
— Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest and Everyone Is Watching

“Time and time again, Robyn Harding has proven herself a talented writer with an innate ability to spin a complex tale. Those skills are on full display with her latest novel, The Haters, which somehow manages to be both terrifying and thoughtful.”
— Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Roads

“A searing, riveting, razor-sharp examination of internet stalking and online bullying.” 
— May Cobb, author of Hunting Wives

What is one thing you would tell the debut novelist version of yourself?
I’d tell myself that this business is a roller coaster! The arts don’t have a typical upward career trajectory. One minute you’re up, the next you’re down, then you’re jerked sideways until you climb back up again.

For humor's sake (and to go with the vibe of the novel), what is the most ridiculous bad review you've ever received?
I try not to read my one-star reviews, but sometimes someone will reach out to me directly. I once got an angry email from a male reader who told me: You look like God ironed Sarah Palin. 

If your life was a TV series, which celebrity would you want to narrate it? 
I think I’ll choose Julia Louis Dreyfus. I love her voice and her sense of humor. 

If we were to visit you right now, what are some places you would take us to see?
I live in Vancouver BC and it’s a beautiful city. I’d take you up Grouse Mountain in a gondola to the top where they have two rescued grizzly bears living in a natural habitat. They also put on a fun lumberjack show. Then I’d take you for a drink at the bistro with a view of the entire lower mainland and then back down to the city for great seafood.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
THE OTHER VALLEY by Scott Alexander Howard is incredible. It’s beautifully written speculative fiction that will make you think, feel, and wonder.

Thanks to Robyn for chatting with us and to Grand Central for sharing her book with our readers.

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TinaB said...

Sounds like a great read!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

traveler said...

If I do not enjoy the book I do not leave a review. It is my own taste and others may have a differing opinion.

Mary C said...

If I do not like the book, I do not leave a review.

Anonymous said...

Can’t wait to read this one!

Jess R said...

I try to leave reviews on all books, so if I am not a fan of one book I try really hard to explain why I didn't enjoy it. I don't think a book is "bad" as it is usually my own taste that makes me dislike a book. My reviews typically always find something good to say...

Robyn said...

I really don't like to leave reviews as people have different opinions on what they like to read. Thank you for the giveaway.

KatH said...

I never leave a harsh review on books. Why do people do that?

Kathy E. said...

If I didn't like a book, I try to pick out something about the book (the writing, the character building, the suspense, the plot, etc) that was done well and concentrate on that in my review. Just because I didn't like the book, doesn't mean it's a bad book! Everyone has an opinion.

Lisa D said...

I used to write reviews for all the books that I had read - whether I liked them or not. I would always make it clear if I didn't enjoy a book and I'd try to explain why I didn't like it and in my opinion, how it could have been better. However, I don't have as much time as I once had so I now just write reviews for the books that I enjoyed reading. I think that good reviews are much easier to write than bad reviews, if I'm totally honest!

Mary Preston said...

I only write positive reviews. If I don't like a book I say nothing.

Burma Turner said...

I will usually just say the book was not for me and leave it at that. We all have different opinions about what we like.

Emily Cheang Catan said...

So far, I enjoyed the books that I read, and have written very positive reviews. There may be a few that were slow-burn and didn't have as many twists and turns as I like, I still finished reading them, and wrote some good reviews. My thought is that the authors have spent hours and hours to plot, do research, write the story, do editing, etc, they still deserve some credit.

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Amy said...

I rate all my books, but I've only left a review if I REALLY didn't enjoy the book.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I will rate a book, but usually not review it.

miriama said...

I won't review a bad book. I figure it's in the eye of the beholder. Like beauty, people have different likes and dislikes. Someone else might love it.

AEKZ2 said...

I do not leave bad reviews. Just because I don't like a book doesn't mean that other people will feel the same.