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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

NBTM & #GIVEAWAY - Sins of the Father by Lisa Beth Darling


Family centered drama



As Hannah recovers from emergency brain and heart surgery, memories of the past overtake her dreams with such clarity they cannot be denied. As the last of the painful family secrets come to light it's up to her brother, Doctor Richard Mason, and his unconventional methods to help her confront the ugliness.

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"If this doesn't work, she should sue you." Spaulding intoned as he turned on the hall light and advised Mason of the room's layout.  "Ok, look, the room is sort of 'U' shaped, the bed is in the middle of the room, Sister Cynthia built a fire in the hearth at the foot of the bed and there's a chair in a corner that's out of the way."

"Good. You wait until I start to walk in. You come in right behind me and get to the chair. Try not to let her see you."

"Oh, of course," Spaulding said in a mocking tone, "we wouldn't want her to think there was someone there to actually help her."

"Exactly." Mason returned in a deadpan voice. "There never was so why should there be now?"  He fiddled with the tie at his neck, smoothed his hair back one more time before putting the pipe to his lips and lighting it.  He stoked it hard filling the area with thick sweet smoke.  "Show time."

Hannah was in a light doze on the bed when the door opened.
The room was glowing a soft red/orange and she could only see the silhouette of someone standing in the doorway with the hall light behind them.  It looked like a man, he had a cane in one hand and…

A swirl of sweet smoke came from his mouth and drifted toward the ceiling as it wafted into the room.


"What'r you doin', girl?"

Part of her told her that he was dead….buried….long fuckin' gone.  The other part told her she couldn't deny her own eyes and ears.  It reminded her that she hadn't gone to his funeral, hadn't seen his dead body, and watched it lowered into the cold, cold, ground.  Maybe they lied to her. Maybe he was alive and coming into her room.  "Tttt…tired, Daddy."  Hannah pulled the covers all the way up to her chin as she watched him make his way into the room. "I---I—I, don't…feel…well. Sick."

"Lazy's more like it, ain't that right, girl?"

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with Doctor Richard Mason

What do you think other people think of you?
That I'm a brilliant physician but I'm an overbearing, loud mouthed, ass. They're right, don't make any mistake about it, they are right.

What are you especially proud of in your life? Graduating at the top of my class at the University of Pennsylvania and at John's Hopkins where I completed my medical training a year earlier than everyone else in my class.

What unusual hobbies or interests do you have? I play six instruments with proficiency; piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums, saxophone, and organ. If I didn't become the totally awesome doctor that I am I would have run away with a rock group and become a totally awesome rock star.

How do you decide of you can trust someone?
You can't trust anyone, everybody lies, everybody keeps secrets and in my line of work those secrets can be deadly.

How do you know you love someone? What's love got to do with anything? It's just a chemical reaction in the brain that's why it never lasts.

When you walk into a room what do you notice first? Second? First, where's the bar. Second, do I have to pay for drinks?

What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? Recently, my sister, Hannah, slipped a powdered laxative into my scrambled eggs. I had a brown moment just as I got out of my car in front of the hospital, yep, right there, in front of my colleagues, I pooped my pants.

How would you change the world? The things around you? The people around you? I'm a doctor, I'm supposed to say I'd get rid of disease but the truth is I'd get rid of most of the people, they aren't very bright. Oh, and I'd make marijuana legal in every state, ya know, for those of us intelligent people who are left.

How do you learn best? By doing, I just jump right in feet first, well feet second I suppose my mouth usually goes first. Start tearing things apart to find out how they work, only after I know how something works that I can fix it.

What’s your greatest source of frustration?
My sister, Hannah.

What’s your greatest source of joy? Hannah.

What are you most afraid of? Being alone, I know, I tell people I'm fine with it but it's because that's what they want to hear. Alone day in and day out can lead to some unpleasant thoughts and those always lead to a bottle of J&B.

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It was in the 4th grade when Lisa Beth Darling discovered she was a naturally gifted writer. For her very first creative writing assignment, the teacher asked the class to pen a story about a baby bird's first flight and read them to the class. Putting pencil to paper, Lisa was instantly whisked away by a force she couldn't explain. When they were finished, all of the children read their happy stories to the class. Not Lisa. She got up and told of how the baby bird flew too high, hit a plane, crashed to the ground and died. She told of how the mama bird and daddy bird cried of how even God was upset sending the rains pouring from the sky. The class was speechless when she finished all they could do was stare at her. The teacher kept her after class told her the story was very good but it was different from the others. She asked Lisa if she'd ever heard of Icarus and had she based her story on him. Lisa had yet to encounter Greek Mythology or hear a whisper of Icarus. As Lisa left the classroom the teacher again told her how good the story was but suggested she might want to write something happier next time. Perplexed,  Lisa turned and asked her teacher: "Why?" The teacher had no answer. Luckily for us, Lisa never took that teacher's advice.

Today she brings us complex multi-layered stories rich with the trials and tribulations that make up the world in which we live. Not one to be pigeonholed into any single genre, Lisa's stories revolve around the intricacies of couples from range the intimacy of lovers, to mothers and sons, and brothers and sisters.

Lisa Beth Darling is 49 years-old, lives in her hometown of New London, CT with her husband of nearly 30 years, Roy.  She is the author of more than fifteen novels along with several short stories and non-fiction books.

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  1. thank you for the chance to win :)

  2. Hi,
    Thanks so much for having me here today! If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask me.

  3. What book describes you best?

  4. Hi Mai,
    I'm not sure if you mean which one of my books describes me best or any book in general. I'll go with the latter. The first one that popped into my head was "Misery" by Stephen King. That's awful, isn't it? LOL

  5. I liked the character interview.

  6. Great!! Thanks for the chance!! :)

  7. Enjoyed the excerpt and the character interview, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  8. Great post, I liked the excerpt! THanks for sharing :)

  9. Thanks so much for the chance! This would be so awesome. Thank you for sharing!

  10. This book sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

  11. I enjoyed reading the excerpt, thanks for the chance!

  12. The excerpt intrigued me but the character interview made me laugh. Thank you so much I really enjoyed the entire post.

  13. Many thanks to everyone for your kind words!

  14. Great excerpt! Thank you for sharing.