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Friday, October 4, 2013

BLOG TOUR! Virtue by Allison Bassen, presented by Mrs. Potter! with review and giveaway!

Candice and Susan thought they had it all, but they were dead wrong. Their lives were in jeopardy the day they learned the daunting truth about one formidable man.

Candice, incognito, now occupies the penthouse suite as the in-house call girl at Manhattan's swankiest hotel. She rises to the top of her profession paying more attention to the psychological longings of her clients. After all, sex is so much more than just sex. Even though she has powerful men under her influence, Candice still glances over her shoulder.

Susan, once a wealthy Atlanta socialite, played by the rules only to be confronted with an unimaginable ultimatum. She snaps out of her charm school coma realizing the last twenty-three years played like a sinister joke at her expense. Now she has one goal. Stay alive.

One will survive.

VIRTUE takes you on a ride of sultry suspense. Buckle up.

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A_TiffyFit's Review: I had to flip back and forth from the first paragraph a time or two while reading this novel. It was one of those "ohhhhh...DUH!" moments for me. I was impressed with Susan's confidence and glad that she was not going to be a victim, that she was pro-active, and took steps to halt Jeff's manipulative efforts. There is no way to pity Jeff at all; he is just a monster. A selfish, self-serving son of a bitch who thinks nothing of degrading his wife, smacking her around, threatening her family, and really those are paltry compared to his true crime. (I won't say what it is so that the review remains as spoiler free as possible!)

There were two instances of character name mix ups late in the novel, but those were the only typos. This book flowed smoothly and was intriguing and suspenseful.  The narrative bounced between Susan and Candice, but I felt it flowed smoothly. I liked Candice's "entries". She wasn't writing a journal, but that's how it read, reminding me of the Call Girl Diaries. Her nicknames for clients and story telling added nice bits of levity as we are learning about Susan's life: what she was groomed for, the stuff hidden in the closet for the sake of "face", about her family and her selfish father, etc. This was an enjoyable read with a satisfying ending: no cliffhanger and a little fistpump of joy! 

About Allison Bassen!
My first word was "cookie." That tells you just about everything you need to know about me.

I was born in Columbia, South Carolina weighing a meager three pounds, which was tenuous back in those days. As usual, I was early for my own birthday by three months. My theory is everyone's punctuality is innate. I'm early for almost everything.

My folks moved to Atlanta when I was nine months old and I stayed there until I was twenty-four. My itch was Manhattan. I can still remember signaling my first taxi and when that checker cab pulled over for me, I became Audrey Hepburn. Even though I understand the whys, I miss those over sized cabs and their character. There's nothing glamorous in putting your hand out for a yellow Prius.

I fell for a "Yankee" and never made it back to Atlanta. We tied the knot and made three beautiful children. Funny, my youngest son read the first few pages of VIRTUE, and his only comment was, "This is fiction, right?"

My friends and family have been telling me to write for years. The challenge was coming up with the story. VIRTUE was inspired by scandalous newspaper headlines. A Governor got caught with an escort. That had me scratching my head. Why would a powerful man risk his career? And what about the escort? She looked like a pretty girl and came from a nice family. Then I researched the history of prostitution and came to understand why it is referred to as "the oldest profession." Yes, prostitution is in The Bible.

My second novel, MY FATHER'S AFFAIR, which should be published by June of 2013, was inspired by a true story. I took that story and raised the proverbial stakes. I changed the era and the setting. Things were much different in the early sixties. Small towns are like Cheers where everybody knows your name. But I think the most important aspect of writing this novel was the narrator. The reader sees the story through Ellie's eyes, the thirteen year old daughter, which intensifies the emotions.

Writing gets me out of bed every morning. Okay, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are equally motivating. If I'm not writing, I'm reading. There is nothing better than a great read. My biggest hope is that you find pleasure reading my novels.

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