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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

NBTM & #GIVEAWAY - Black Crow White Lie by Candi Sary


Adult-YA Crossover



Young Carson Calley has a rare and magical gift of healing, a gift which both defines him and threatens to betray him. He lives in Hollywood motels with his alcoholic, fortune-telling mother, Juliette. She nurtures his gift, but her ways are deceptive. She feeds the boy fantastical stories to convince him of his greatness. At fourteen, Carson finally wises up to her lies and his identity is completely shattered. Juliette is too deep in her addiction to help him separate the facts from the fictions, so he looks for answers on the streets of Hollywood. There he finds Faris, a tattoo shop owner, and Casper, a cashier at a head shop. These two unlikely mentors help this troubled yet extraordinary boy find his way to the truth.


“Putting my hands over her head I felt the tiny stars that always came. It felt like thousands of them came pouring out of my hands. I couldn’t see them with my eyes; I could only see them with my eyes closed. But I could feel them. They filled my hands with heat, and when I shared them with my mom, they made her feel better.

I don’t remember the first time I used the stars, just like I don’t remember the first time I used my voice. When I asked my mom how I got them, she said I just knew I had them in me—the same way I knew I had words in me.”

4 out of 5 (very good)

This is a poignant story of a young boy growing up in not so ordinary circumstances. He lives in hotels/motels instead of an apartment, and is left by himself for a lot of the time when his mother goes out. He makes friends with a tattoo shop owner (Faris), and takes his advice on lots of things that crop up.

We stay with Carson as he makes his own discoveries, in trying to find his place in the world. With a special gift that runs the risk of being abused, he is desperate to find 'his' place. Black Crow White Lie follows him as he learns about life, love, and lies. 

Exceedingly well-written, this never seems 'young'. Sympathetically written to all characters involved, you will delight and sorrow with Carson as he finds his feet. Definitely recommended.

* I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. *

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The White Lie Fix

My husband and I rented the movie Titanic when my kids were in elementary school. It wasn’t until the ship started to sink that I realized how age-inappropriate the film was for them. As the tragedy struck, my son had a terribly worried look on his face and I could tell he was getting upset by what was clearly going to happen—tons of people were going to die! I don’t know how I hadn’t thought about this part of the story before the movie started, but there we were, staring at the sinking ship with screaming people, and my son almost in tears.

It was definitely one of those moments when I realized I’d made a mistake as a mother. I desperately wanted to fix it in any way I could. So I immediately turned off the TV and took the kids upstairs to bed. In order to change the mood, I tried talking about other things, but my son couldn’t seem to get the vision of the sinking ship out of his mind. That was all he wanted to talk about. So I decided to tell them a little white lie that I’d clarify later, when they got older.

“Only a few people died… but everyone else was saved!” I proclaimed.

“They were?” My son’s sad eyes lit up with a touch of optimism.

“Yes. Boats came and got everyone else off the ship and it all ended fine.”

“Enough boats came to save everyone else?” my son asked.

“They did,” I said, solidifying my lie.

He continued asking questions, and I continued finding just the right answers to ease his worry so that he could peacefully fall asleep. After making such a mindless mistake by putting on the movie, it seemed this little white lie was the only way I could fix it.

Years later, my son was driving with my sister and her teenage sons. They got on the topic of the Titanic and all the people who died in the disaster. My son quickly spoke up to clarify that except for an unlucky few, everyone had actually been saved! My sister asked where he heard this information and he said, “My mom.”

The situation certainly made for some laughs, and my son, who was at an appropriate age to discuss the story, accepted the truth much easier than he would have the night he saw the movie. It didn’t seem to affect his life in any way. He just moved on with the new information, and had a funny story to tell about his childhood belief that only a few people died on the Titanic.

In Black Crow White Lie, Juliette is a mother guilty of much bigger mistakes than just allowing her son to watch an age-inappropriate movie. She gets her son Carson into a pretty bad situation. Juliette knows she’s made a mess of their lives, but she is in too deep to get out. So she tries what I tried—the white lie fix. But her lies are bigger. And they’re life altering.

The novel explores a mother’s desperate attempt to protect her son, and the effects of her relying too heavily on lies. A lot of what she does feels wrong, very wrong, and yet I remember how easily I fed my son a falsehood when I wanted to make him feel better. Juliette did what I did, but on an extreme level. Could her actions be justified because it protected Carson, at a vulnerable age, from the ugly truth? Or is she simply a terrible mother?

I hope reading Black Crow White Lie gets you thinking about the complexities of truths and lies, and how, in the words of Carson’s friend Faris:

“Sometimes when the truth is that ugly, a story could end up being the most beautiful thing you got.”

Candi Sary will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here

Candi Sary graduated from the University of California, Irvine. Her awards for Black Crow White Lie include 1st Place in the Dante Rossetti Awards, winner of the Reader Views Literary Award for the West-Pacific, and first runner-up in the Eric Hoffer Award for fiction. Her novel was also adapted into a short film by Chase Michael Wilson. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two children. She can often be found surfing out in the waters of Newport Beach.

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Tour Organised By: 

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  1. Thank you for the chance to win :)

  2. Thank you for hosting! And thank you, Merissa, for the wonderful review!

    1. It was my pleasure! Good luck with the rest of your tour :)

  3. Enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, sounds like a fantastic read, thanks for sharing and for the review!

  4. What a great story, I'm sure all of us Mom's have told a little white lie here and there to protect our children. Love this analogy.
    Kim P

    1. Thanks, Kim! I've been hearing some great stories from readers about their moms' white lies. I love that the post brought these out! :)

  5. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you for sharing and for the contest!

  6. I really enjoyed reading your post. Very creative in sharing your white lie fix to protect your son, in comparison with Juliette's white lie's to protect Carson...great analogy!! All moms could relate...we've all been there!

    1. Thanks, Terri! It does seem that all of us moms have used these stories while raising our kids. :)

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    1. I hope you do! And I'd love to hear what you think. Thanks, Becky.

  8. I enjoyed the entire post! Good white lie there mom! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Thanks for coming by to read, Ree!

  10. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  11. Awesome review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

  12. Hi Candi, great book. I hope to surf with you soon...