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Thursday, 23 July 2015

NAME BEFORE THE MASSES TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Frailty of Things by Tamsen Schultz

The Frailty of Things

by Tamsen Schultz



Independence. Kit Forrester is a woman who wears her independence like armor. Despite keeping secrets and hiding her past, she’s built a life she loves and is accountable to no one. Until, that is, one of the world’s most wanted war criminals sets his sights on her and she must weigh the risk to one against the chance of justice and closure for many—a decision Kit couldn't make on her own even if she wanted to.

Certainty. As a man who makes his living in the shadows of governments and wars, certainty isn’t a part of Garret Cantona’s vocabulary, and he’s just fine with that. But when Kit walks into his life, he realizes he’s never before been so sure about anything or anyone. Suddenly, he finds he’s looking at the world, his world, in a different light. And now that he is, he’s determined to protect it, and her, in whatever ways he can.

Frailty. No one knows better than Kit and Garret that an appreciation for what is, or what was, or what might be, can be born from the uncertainty and fragility of life. But when a hunt for a killer leaves Garret no choice but to throw Kit back into her broken and damaged past, even his unshakable faith in what they have together might not be enough to keep it from shattering into a million pieces.


Garret took a step back and crossed his arms over his chest. “This was your idea, wasn’t it? You talked to Drew?” he asked, a pit gnawing its way through his stomach.

Slowly, she inclined her head.

He locked his jaw to keep from yelling in frustration. Yes, he was upset that she and Drew had worked up this scheme without him, but what caused him even more irritation was the fact that the reality of their situation had just come crashing back down on him and the whole thing, truth be told, terrified him.

He turned toward the wood stove and knelt to add some firewood, just to give himself something to do.

“You’re angry,” Kit said, her voice soft behind him. She hadn’t moved, and for that he was grateful.

After a long moment of silence, during which he shoved a few logs into the burning stove, he let out a deep breath and answered. “At the situation, Kit,” he said, watching the fire dance around the logs, their orange and blue flames licking the new wood as if testing its suitability.

“I am too, Garret. That’s why I suggested the book signing to Drew. I want—no, I need this to end.”

And then he heard it. He heard all the stress in her voice, all the fear and anxiety that he’d recognized and dismissed as they’d been holed up in their cozy little cabin for the past five days. He couldn’t ignore it now, he couldn’t dismiss it and turn their attention to more interesting and diverting pursuits the way he’d been doing. He couldn’t try to make this better for her by forcing it under the rug.

Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.

Its so awesome to step out of one's comfort zone every now and again! And be surprised by a book, totally blown away!

I cannot express how much I loved this book! I went into it, expecting some sort of crime/thriller, from the blurb, with a romance thrown in. Its so much more!

YES, there is a crime, that of someone trying to kill Kit. But also, there is the MI6, FBI, CIA, all those sort of agencies involved.

Yes, there is a thriller aspect, because its not entirely clear who, or which organisation might be behind it.

AND YES, there is romance, BUT!! its almost totally clean, and I particurlarly loved that! yes, I know, I know, I do like my books on the more explicit side, I'm not changing my mind, its just HERE in this book, I really enjoyed the lack of it! The story focuses more on the relationship aspect of Kit and Garret, and their growing together, and on the saving Kit's life and catching those who wish to do her harm.

It took me some time to catch up with the plot, there is a lot of background laying, different theories thrown up, but once I slowed my reading down (I read FAST, and sometimes miss things!) I was able to keep up. There are several stories going on, actually, all involving Kit and what she did in London, but it all comes together, beautifully!

This is book 5 in the series, Windsor, and I have not read the others. I should like to go back and learn about Kit's friends and what happened to them! They all have a tale to tell, and while some is recapped here, personally, I wanna go back. I didn't miss anything, as each story seems to be a stand alone within the series, I just want to.

Its also the first I've read of this author. Very good first impression there, Ms Schultz!

5 stars

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What was your favourite book as a child?
Anything to do with horses. As a young child, I don’t really remember what I read although as I grew, I definitely developed a penchant for mysteries. I was an avid reader of Robert Parker, Dick Francis (horses, yay!), and Agatha Christie. Of course, I also love Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and the Bobbsey Twins too.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I try to relax and get things done at a pace slower than break-neck speed. We moved to the country a few years ago and I’m intentionally trying to step off the hamster wheel every chance I get despite the fact I do work in corporate-America and have two active boys we tote around. I like to read (of course) and when I get the chance, I’ll spend some time at the barn. I also love traveling and have friends all over the US so we do try to get out to meet them a few times a year. I try to sit here a few times a week too and just read, write, drink some coffee, and relax:

When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing in 2008 and I can’t remember how long it took me to finish my first book – a book that will likely never see the light of day. Then again, I do have a little soft spot Spenser, the main male character, so maybe someday... I will tell you though, that when I finally mustered up the courage to send it to some girlfriends to read, I thought I was going to throw up when I dropped them all in the mail. Never in my life had I felt so nervous about something and I’ve done some nerve inducing things!

Are you a planner or a pantser?
I’m a little bit of a planning pantser

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Unfortunately for my husband and children, I’m totally a type-A personality so that means things can ALWAYS be better. My most recent book, “The Frailty of Things” is a little bit of a departure from my first books in that it goes pretty deeply into the psychology of the main female character, Kit Forrester. She has an interesting history that she’s overcome and survived (with humor and strength) but her survival has come at a cost to her relationship with her brother, and perhaps, at a cost to her relationship with herself too. When I read the book now, there are definitely things I’d want to fix—phrases I’d change or maybe the way a paragraph flows. But I think the best I can do is take that learning to the next book and work to get better and better each time.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?
I recently had an editor shred one of manuscripts. It was tough and I felt really bruised for a few days. And while I’m not thankful for the way she delivered it, after a few days, I was able to sit down and sift through her comments to see which ones I agreed with and what feedback just didn’t resonate with me and the stories I write. So while it sucked at the time, I am enjoying going back and taking the criticism she provided that I agreed with and using it to make the story stronger and more engaging. Hopefully that story, “An Inarticulate Sea,” will be out in late fall.

What has been the best compliment?
Anytime any reader tells me they liked my books. Although I especially like it when they start asking about the characters and wanting to know whose story is coming next or when they’ll see a character from a previous book pop up again.

What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?
I sometimes write while sitting on the deck or at the dining table, but often times, I’m at my desk with my computer (or two computers, really). I recently bought a Surface Pro3 and love it – it’s so light weight and easy to use. One of the reasons I like to stay portable though is because I. Need. Quiet. I don’t know how people write with music on, but I know some great writers who do. Me, I like what my husband refers to as the sensory deprivation state.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you! Thank you for reading, thank you for taking the time, and thank you for talking about my books to others and helping to spread the word. It means more to me than you can imagine and it’s something I try to deserve with every word I put onto the page!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tamsen Schultz is the author of several romantic suspense novels and American Kin (a short story published in Line Zero Magazine). In addition to being a writer, she has a background in the field of international conflict resolution, has co-founded a non-profit, and currently works in corporate America. Like most lawyers, she spends a disproportionate amount of time thinking (and writing) about what it might be like to do something else. She lives in Northern California in a house full of males including her husband, two sons, four cats, a dog, and a gender-neutral, but well-stocked, wine rack.

Author Twitter: @tamsenschultz
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  1. Do you have a specific writing style?

  2. Thank you for hosting today and so glad you liked the book!!

    1. Our pleasure and good luck with the rest of your tour. :)

  3. Great interview! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Great interview and I enjoyed the excerpt and the review, sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing!

  5. Love the cover! Sounds like a great book~thank you for sharing!

  6. I enjoyed the excerpt, the review and the interview! Hmmm, that just about covers everything doesn't it. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!