The Clock Strikes Midnight by Joan C. Curtis * Giveaway

The Clock Strikes at Midnight

by Joan C. Curtis

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BLURB:

The Clock Strikes Midnight is a race against time in a quest for revenge and atonement. This is a story about hate, love, betrayal and forgiveness.

If you found out you had only 3 months to live, what would you do? That’s the question Janie Knox faces in this fast-paced mystery full of uncertainty and tension that will surprise you until the very last page.

Hiding behind the façade of a normal life, Janie keeps her family secrets tucked inside a broken heart. Everything changes on the day she learns she’s going to die. With the clock ticking and her time running out, she rushes to finish what she couldn’t do when she was 17—destroy her mother’s killer. But she can’t do it alone.

Janie returns to her childhood home to elicit help from her sister. She faces more than she bargained for when she discovers her sister’s life in shambles. Meanwhile her mother’s convicted killer, her stepfather, recently released from prison, blackmails the sisters and plots to extract millions from the state in retribution. New revelations challenge Janie’s resolve, but she refuses to allow either time or her enemies to her stop her from uncovering the truth she’s held captive for over 20 years.

excerpt

Daddy, when I get my kitty, can I name him Davy?” she had asked, yanking Marlene’s Davy Crockett mug full of M&M’s from her grasp.

The colorful candy spilled all over the backseat of the car.

Mama, tell Janie to—”

Janie, behave,” Daddy said, admonishing her for an instant with his eyes from the rearview mirror.

Malcolm, look out—!” Mom screamed.

Janie slammed into Marlene. Pain. The world tumbled topsy-turvy. The mug flew across the interior of the car, colors of the rainbow falling all around her.

Then, everything went black.

When she opened her eyes, Mom’s blood-streaked face rose in front of her out of the darkness.

Wrap your arms around my neck, honey.” Mom lifted her from the wreckage.

Janie clutched her doll by the dress while the rain beat her curly hair flat.

Marlene stood on the side of the road.

Try to walk,” Mom said, toppling her from her arms.

Her head pounded and blood trickled down her leg. She leaned on her good leg and limped in the direction of her sister.

Mama, where’s Daddy?” Marlene asked between sobs.

Mom took Marlene’s hand and yanked her forward with Janie in tow.

Marlene lurched back toward the smashed Oldsmobile with smoke billowing from its hood and a big tree lying across the roof. The Davy Crockett mug lay shattered by the back tire.

Daddy! We can’t leave Daddy!” Marlene yelled, picking up pieces of the broken glass.

They had left Daddy that day and piled into an old Chevy pick-up truck with a bashed in headlamp, belonging to a man with carrot-red hair. Mom pushed them inside the truck and ordered the man to get help. But by then it was too late for Daddy.

It was too late for all of them.

review2

5 Fangs
Janie finds out she has a fast growing tumor. The doctor tells her she has anywhere from 3 months to a year at the most to live. Janie realizes that she has things to do that she has put off for to long. She heads back to her hometown and her sister, Marlene. Janie left Atlanta when she was seventeen years old and has not been back since after the murder of her mother. Her stepfather Ralph has just been released from prison for the murder. Janie finds Marlene has turned into their mother. She is an alcoholic and her life is falling down around her because of it. Ralph is harassing them to retract what they said in court so he can sue the state for retribution. Everyone seems to be hiding secrets and the secrets are coming out.
This was a page turner. I had a hard time putting this book down. All the characters were very well written. Joan Curtis would reveal just enough of a secret to keep you reading to find out more. Marlene’s character could be so frustrating with her drinking problem even though she thought she did not have a problem. You wanted her to be a stronger person. Ralph was such a jerk. It was impossible to understand why their mother had married him. You never really knew what Janie’s plan was through out the book. Just that she wanted Ralph to pay for what he had done to their family. You hoped that the sisters could forgive each other for the things they had done twenty years ago and understand why.
I would definitely read another book by Joan Curtis. I would recommend this book to any one who loves mystery books.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1107077831

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Joan Curtis authored four business books published by Praeger Press. She is also published numerous stories, including:

Butterflies in a Strawberry Jar, Sea Oats Review, Winter, 2004

A Memoir Of A Friend, Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul, 2003 and Flint River Review, 1996

Jacque’s Story in From Eulogy to Joy, 2002

The Roommate, Whispering Willow Mystery Magazine, April 1997

A Special Sort of Stubbornness, Reader’s Digest, March 1997,

My Father’s Final Gift, Reader Digest, November 1994

Her first place writing awards include : Best mystery manuscript in the Malice Domestic Grants competition, best proposal for a nonfiction piece in the Harriette Austin competition, and best story, Butterflies in a Strawberry Jar in the Cassell Network of Freelance Writer’s Association.

Other Books:

Hire Smart and Keep ‘Em: How to Interview Strategically Using POINT, Praeger Press, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA 2012.

The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media, Praeger Press, 2010, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA

Managing Sticky Situations at Work: Communication Secrets for Success in the Workplace, 2009, Praeger Press, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA.

Strategic Interviewing: Skills for Savvy Executives, 2000 published by Quorum Books, Greenwood Press.

I write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times, but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman’s point of view. Characters drive my writing and my reading.”

Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the southern traditions with the eye of a northerner. She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Georgia.

Links: website: http://www.joancurtis.com

Blog: http://www.joancurtis.com/blog

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joanccurtisauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/joancurtis

MuseItUp Publishing Author’s page: https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/our-authors/52-our-authors/authors-c/455-joan-curtishttps://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/our-authors/52-our-authors/authors-c/455-joan-curtis

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Posted on December 11, 2014, in Paranormal Romance & Author's That Rock. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Thank you for the nice post and the wonderful review. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. It makes me smile.

  2. Congratulations on another great review, Joan!

  3. Hi Pearl, Thanks! It’s great to see you stopping by.

  4. Great blurb.

  5. Looks great, thanks for the excerpt!

  6. My favorite thing about today’s post was the excerpt! Sounds good! Definitely going to check it out

  7. interesting premise

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