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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

NBTM, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Convergence by Michelle Grey


Romantic Suspense



Nothing comes between Tori Whitlock and her tornado chase season -- not a serial killer, not even the hot FBI agent who’s vowed to save her life. But Detective Jack Mathis plays tough. Ending this case isn’t just his job, it’s his mission. And he finally has the advantage.

He faces Tori’s hostility and objections head-on, interjecting himself into every aspect of her life, and leaving him no time to dwell on his own.

Through the twists and turns of the madman’s game, Tori is forced to adapt to her unwelcome circumstances. Still, she fights Jack's presence, and her attraction to him, as he tries to open doors better left closed.

For Tori and Jack, life and death decisions are part of their jobs. But, can they overcome their pasts and realize that there’s a difference between life and living?

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Scooting the chair next to the bed, her pale fingers skimmed his arm as memories assailed her. Memories of smiles, of good times they’d had despite everything, and she realized just how far Jack had destroyed her defenses. She’d never let anyone in to the level she’d let him in, not even Cam.

Her shoulders shook as quiet sobs filled the room. She laid her head next to his hand, her fingers curling around his cool ones as the fear and the guilt worked its way through her heart and flowed down her cheeks.

“Thank you for saving me, but you should’ve run, Jack. You should’ve called the cops. Anything but this.”

She lifted her head and studied his face, memorizing the tiny lines around his eyes, remembering how they crinkled when he laughed. She stood and carefully traced his forehead and down the length of his jaw.

Replaying their last conversation in her head, she stumbled on the conviction in his eyes when he said they could build something amazing.

“If I knew how, I would love you.” She whispered, the words foreign on her tongue. “You made me want to believe impossible things. But, I’m a mess, Jack. You deserve so much more.”

With a shuddering sigh, Tori wiped her tears and forced her unwilling fingers to release his hand. She didn’t look back as she walked out of the room.

4 out of 5 (very good)

Convergence is the story of Tori and Jack - a storm chaser and a FBI agent. Jack is hunting down a serial killer who has already killed four women. It appears that Tori is next on his list so Jack sets off to try and prevent another murder. What he finds is a mixed up and broken woman who calls to everything that he is. Will they have their HEA or will her dying upset their plans?!

This story is heavy on the connection/romance between Jack and Tori, but not so much on the stalker side of it. It is almost like that part was secondary to Jack and Tori's story, which surprised me as it is listed as suspense. I personally would have enjoyed to hear more about how he managed to stay ahead of the FBI, what made him choose that specific woman out of all of them, etc. 

This is the first book that I have read in this series, although it is apparently number three. Each book can be read as a standalone. This being book three in no way diminished my enjoyment of the story or the characters. Well-written, with a steady pace, and no editing or grammatical errors that I found. Recommended.

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

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Can you tell us a little about yourself? 
I’ve been married to my best friend for almost 29 years, have four kids that range in age from 24 to 16, and two sweet granddaughters. I’m also an ovarian cancer survivor and take every opportunity to remind women to pay attention to their bodies and learn the subtle symptoms of the disease.
I’m mildly addicted to carbs, and have a love/hate relationship with my treadmill. I generally dislike garage sales, and most television shows, although The Walking Dead is a family favorite.

Do you have a day job as well? 
Yes, I do. While I love writing and it’s the passion of my heart, I still have to pay the bills. I have been in the transportation industry for more than twelve years as a freight broker. The best thing about it is having wonderful customers who support and encourage my writing, and never hesitate to give me story ideas.

What was your favourite book as a child? 
Not surprisingly, I was an avid reader growing up. I read everything from Laura Ingalls Wilder to Roald Dahl to Judy Blume. There wasn’t much I wouldn’t read, so it would be impossible to name a favorite.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? 
I think there’s always a little piece of me in my stories. In Convergence, my heroine is a storm chaser, and that’s always been a secret bucket-list thing for me. I live in the Midwestern US, and while I’ve never personally been the victim of a severe weather event, I’ve seen several tornadoes on the ground and am always awed by Mother Nature’s power.

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why? 
My favorite part to write is always the resolution after the black moment, when things look horribly bleak for our hero and heroine, yet somehow, love prevails.

How did you come up with the title? 
I know Convergence sounds a little sci-fi for a romantic suspense novel, but in the Midwest, the weather people always talk about the convergence of weather elements that combine to make a powerful storm. And that’s what happens in this book. When Tori and Jack get together, it’s electric.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? 
I would encourage anyone who is seriously interested in improving their writing skills to hang out with like-minded people by joining a local writer’s organization. I have grown so much and been so encouraged by the writers in my group.

What does your protagonist think about you? 
The Tori Whitlock readers are introduced to at the beginning of the story probably wouldn’t have much patience for me. She’d think I’m too nice and not nearly blunt enough for her taste.

Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author, his creator?  
Honestly? Not likely. We’re quite different, but it was a lot of fun to write her because she says all kinds of things that I think about saying, but never would…lol

What sort of Starbuck’s coffee would your characters order? Simple coffee or some complicated soy-non-fat-extra-espresso-half-caff-nightmare? 
Tori and Jack both are straight black coffee people – the bolder the better.

How important are the names in your book? 
Names are really important to me, especially if I end up incorporating their significance into the story. Here’s a quick snippet of Jack and Tori’s conversation about her name in Convergence:

“You go by Tori all the time or is it ever Vicki? Or Victoria?”
She cringed. “Just Tori. I’ve never been Vicki and I haven’t been Victoria for a long time. Probably never was.”

In those few little sentences, I use the subject of her name to communicate a little bit to the reader about Tori’s backstory and personality.

Do you read your reviews? 
Yes. As most authors do, I sincerely appreciate reader feedback and read every single review. So, if you write a review for any of my novels, thank you in advance!

Do you respond to them, good or bad? 
I’ve never responded to a review, good or bad, because I believe that everyone has the right to their opinion, and feedback is always beneficial. I’m just thankful when readers are invested enough to take their time to write a review.

Quick Fire
1. Light or dark chocolate Light
2. Favourite colour Many shades of green
3. Dogs or cats Dogs
4. Tea or coffee I prefer iced tea and hot coffee, probably tea over coffee
5. Light side or dark side Light side
6. Morning, noon or night? Morning
7. Black and white or colour? Depends on the style and intention
8. Drawings or paintings? Hmmm…probably drawings
9. Dresses or skirts? Skirts
10. Books or movies? Definitely books
11. Pepsi or Coke? Diet Coke
12. Chinese or Italian? Italian (love the romance languages) 13. Early bird or night owl? Early bird
14. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
15. Introvert or extrovert? Extrovert
16. Hugs or kisses? Hugs
17. Hunting or fishing? Hunting
18. Winter or summer? Summer
19. Spring or fall? Fall
20. Rural or urban? Rural
21. PC or Mac? PC
22. Tan or pale? Tan
23. Cake or pie? Cake
24. Ice cream or yogurt? Ice Cream
25. Ketchup or mustard? Ketchup
26. Sweet pickles or dill pickles? Dill
27. Comedy or mystery? Mystery
28. Boots or sandals? Sandals 
29. Silver or gold? Silver (or white gold)
30. Jazz or classical? Classical
31. Dancing or singing? Singing
32. Checkers or chess? Chess
33. Board games or video games?  Board games
34. Wine or beer? Beer
35. Freckles or dimples? Dimples
36. Honey mustard or BBQ sauce?  BBQ sauce
37. Body weight exercises or lifting weights? Lifting weights
38. Baseball or basketball? Pro baseball, college basketball
39. Crossword puzzles or sudokus? Sudokus
40. Facial hair or clean shaven? Clean shaven
41. Crushed ice or cubed ice? Crushed
42. Skiing or snowboarding? Skiing
43. Smile or game face? Smile
44. Bracelet or necklace? Necklace
45. Fruit or vegetables? Veggies
46. Sausage or bacon? Bacon  
47. Scrambled or fried? Fried
48. Tattoos or piercings? Piercings
49. Antique or brand new? Brand new
50. Dress up or dress down? Dress down
51. Cowboys or aliens? Cowboys
52. Pancakes or waffles? Waffles
53. Bond or Bourne? Bond
54. Sci-Fi or fantasy? Fantasy
55. Numbers or letters? Letters
56. Star Wars or Star Trek?  Star Trek
57. Fair or theme park? Theme Park
58. Money or fame? Money
59. Washing dishes or doing laundry? Laundry
60. Snakes or sharks? Sharks
61. Orange juice or apple juice? Orange
62. Sunrise or sunset? Sunset
63. Slacker or over-achiever? Over achiever
64. Pen or pencil? Pencil
65. Peanut butter or jelly? Peanut Butter
66. Grammys or Oscars? Oscars
67. Detailed or abstract? Detailed
68. Multiple choice questions or essay questions? Multiple choice
69. Adventurous or cautious? Adventurous
70. Saver or spender? Spender
71. Glasses or contacts? Glasses
72. Laptop or desktop? Laptop
73. Classic or modern? Classic
74. Personal chef or personal fitness trainer? Fitness trainer
75. Internet or cell phone? Cell phone
76. Call or text? Text
77. Curly hair or straight hair? Curly
78. Shower in the morning or shower in the evening? Morning
79. Spicy or mild? Spicy
80. Marvel or DC? Marvel
81. Paying a mortgage or paying rent? Mortgage
82. Sky dive or bungee jump? Sky dive
83. Oreos or Chips Ahoy? Oreos
84. Jelly or pudding? Pudding
85. Truth or dare? Dare
86. Roller coaster or Ferris wheel? Roller coaster
87. Leather or denim? Denim
88. Stripes or solids? Solids
89. Bagels or muffins? Bagels
90. Whole wheat or white? Whole wheat
91. Beads or pearls? Beads
92. Hardwood or carpet? Hardwood
93. Bright colours or neutral tones? Bright colors
94. Be older than you are or younger than you are? Younger, but only a little
95. Raisins or nuts? Nuts
96. Picnic or nice restaurant? Nice restaurant
97. Black leather or brown leather? Black leather
98. Long hair or short hair? Long hair
99. “Ready, aim, fire” or “Ready, fire, aim”? Ready, aim, fire
100. Fiction or non-fiction? Fiction
101. Smoking or non-smoking? Non-smoking
102. Think before you talk or talk before you think? Think first, then talk
103. Asking questions or answering questions? Asking questions

Michelle Grey is an avid lover of books, and had always thought that someday she would take up her pen and write romantic suspense. In 2009, Michelle was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer, and she realized that “somedays” aren’t guaranteed. This life changing event motivated Michelle to pursue her dream of becoming an author. 

In January of 2013, Michelle released her debut novel, Dangerous Ally. 

In September of 2013, the next book in her Long Shot Series, Unspoken Bonds, was published.

Now a cancer survivor, Michelle decided to use her platform to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms.  In January 2014 she published, Are You Listening: A Personal Journal of an Ovarian Cancer Survivor.

Because it is so important to spread the word, one hundred percent of the proceeds from this $.99 ebook go directly to the Vicki Welsh Ovarian Cancer Fund to support their mission of fighting ovarian cancer through awareness, education, research and support.

Michelle lives in the Midwestern US with her husband of twenty-eight years and has four amazing and unique children, a wonderful son-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters.  Michelle believes that any day that involves family, writing, or reading is a great day, indeed.


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  1. This was an amazingly interesting post to read, thank you!

    1. Thanks very much! And thanks to Archaeolibrarian for hosting me! :-)

    2. Our pleasure! Good luck with your book and the rest of your tour :)

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    1. You're welcome, Lisa! Best of luck!

  3. What do you think makes a good story?

    1. I love reading stories that make me forget I'm reading a story. Well drawn, flawed characters with a well written story line will get me just about every time. What about you?

  4. Stopping by to say hello and also thanking you for the giveaway

  5. Fun interview, especially the Quick Fire!


    1. That was a lot of fun! Some of them really made me think :-)

  6. Really awesome review, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm looking forward to reading this one :)

    1. Thanks, Victoria! Can't wait for your feedback :-)

    2. You're welcome - I'll definitely leave a review :)

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