Tuesday, July 30, 2019

All In Review and Giveaway!

Cami Taylor: a blackjack dealer, a bestselling author, and a fraud.

Cami's boyfriend, Joel, loves her in spite of her flaws. He wants to marry her, buy a house on Long Island, and raise a family--a life that's a million miles from Cami's idea of happiness. Her therapist suggests compromise and trust, but Cami bolts like a deer. She breaks off the relationship and launches on a new quest for happiness, not knowing that a nasty surprise waits around the corner. What follows is a fight to the death.
Who will be the one left standing?

My thoughts: Cami is a fascinating character, who draws the reader in from the get go with her seemingly perfect life as an aspiring author in New York City. As you read on, the story becomes more than it first seemed on the surface. I enjoyed getting to know Cami as she changes after being confronted with ghosts of her past. Cami changes a lot over the course of the story, so there are a lot of situations that she places herself in in the beginning of the book that aren't great. That said, it is a story worth reading! It's unique and I look forward to reading more by L.K.!
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

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About the Author:
L. K. Simonds is a Fort Worth local. She has worked as a waitress, KFC hostess, telephone marketer, assembly-line worker, nanny, hospital lab technician, and air traffic controller. She’s an instrument-rated pilot and an alumna of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas. All In is her first novel.

More from L.K. Simonds
How I came to write ALL IN.
Back in the 1990s, I was vacationing in NYC with my buddies. We got out the phonebook—as we always did while traveling—to see how many people with our last names were listed. In that thick Manhattan phonebook was one listing for a person with the same name as my friend’s. Two initials and a surname, as a single woman might’ve listed her number back in those days. The address was only a few blocks from our Midtown hotel, and we joked about calling to see if she was a long-lost cousin, who might take us to her favorite shops and restaurants.
We didn’t call, but the “what if?” stuck with me. What if you did call? What if the person you called was in crisis? Or about to face a crisis? What if that serendipitous phone call resulted in a friendship that became a lifeline? That notion was the inception of ALL IN.
ALL IN is my first offering as a novelist—my best writing to date. I hope you enjoy it!

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To celebrate her tour, L.K. Simonds is giving away a $25 Visa gift card and a hardback copy of All In!!
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  1. Thank you, Mandy, for your review. Please believe with me that as unbelievers read this novel, they will find the limitless love and redemption of our Lord Jesus in its pages. Grace to you!

    1. I should of included that in my review, since it sums up the story! Thank you for doing the tour!

  2. This book sounds like a really great read.

  3. Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.

  4. Thank you for your review and being part of the tour.