Skewered Halo {Blog Tour}

April 30, 2012

My friend Brenda Youngerman is a self-published author of 7 books. Her latest novel is Skewered Halo,the only one I have read to date. Something, I want to change. I bought Skewered Halo as a birthday present for myself and I have no regrets.

Brenda writes what she calls Fiction with a Purpose.

Here is what she has to say:

Fiction with a Purpose is what I write. I made a commitment to write novels that will address social issues and have a reader wondering if the stories are real when the last page is read. I also set a goal to have a new book released each year. These are the works – I hope you will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!

After reading Skewered Halo I can say without a doubt that Brenda succeeded in her commitment to addressing social issues and leaving the reader wondering. Oh yes, did she ever leave me wonder. 

From the book cover:

Why would one sister have it in for the other? Sibling rivalry is taken to the extreme in the breathtaking novel Skewered Halo. 
Diane Newsome is the middle child born into a middle-class family. Her older sister, Brittany, has resented her from the moment she was born. Brittany convinces Diane that she was placed on the doorstep as an unwanted child, and she dare not make a wrong move or she will lose her family.
Years later, when Diane finally tells her parents what Brittany has claimed, they are aghast, yet her mother still sides with Brittany. 
Skewered Halo is a thriller exploring the lies and treachery that can exist in families.
Join Diane as she discovers that her entire life has been a lie, resulting in murder and mayhem. It all enfolds in the dramatically 
enticing Skewered Halo.   
I was so excited when I received Skewered Halo in the mail. Not only was it my first Youngerman novel but Brenda actually signed it for me. How cool is that?
I started reading and soon was sucked into the story. I think, it only took me about three days reading a couple hours each to finish the book. Which is a record for me lately. I have always been an avid reader but since becoming a mom of 3, reading is one of the things that suffered. But I just couldn’t put the book down. One night I read late into the night and needed an extra caffeine boost to make it through the next day. The next night, I was soaking in the tub intend on only reading a chapter or two… but two hours later, the water cold and my skin shriveled beyond recognition, I sat in the tub with my mouth agape and the book finished.
As a big sister myself, I cannot understand and will not ever understand how a human being can be so cruel and mean. My little sister has driven me crazy, made me mad and cry, and want throttle her at times… but never ever have I not loved her deeply.
As a mother of three, the ending left me reeling and heart sick. I still shudder thinking about it.
And there-in lies Brenda’s power with words…
She made me think, made me shudder and ache. She was able to reach deep inside me and hook me with her words.
I cannot wait to read her other novels.
I truly hope, you will hop on over to Brenda’s blog, say hello and order a book or two… or 7!!! You won’t regret it.


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  • TBM April 30, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Sounds good. I should check her stuff out.

    • Susi April 30, 2012 at 8:53 am

      She would love that. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read her others. I like a book that’s fast paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

  • Brenda Youngerman April 30, 2012 at 9:25 am

    What an awesome review! Thank you so much!
    I’m sorry your bath water turned cold 🙂
    Thanks for partying with me!

    • Susi April 30, 2012 at 10:48 am

      My pleasure, really. And no worries about the bathwater. There’s always another hot bath where that one came from!!!!

  • Beth Ann April 30, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Great review, Susi!!! I totally agree with you!!!!

    • Susi April 30, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Thanks, Beth Ann. I really enjoyed reading this book.

  • RoryBore April 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    great review!! I cannot wait to get this book – – stupid, stupid crook that stole my credit card ##. ggggrrrr. I know I will love it though. she’s just so amazing.

    • Susi April 30, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Grrr is right. I hate when that happens. It is a great book. I can’t wait to start reading some of Brenda’s others.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell April 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    You do make it sound good, and I”m wondering what had your mouth wide open like that. Blogging is what has made my reading time suffer. 🙁

    • Susi April 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Not giving anything away. And Brenda’s book is great for a quick read. My reading time suffered too because of my blogging. I’m glad I ordered Brenda’s book… it was a page turner.

  • Marsha Cooper April 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I have loved all 4 that I have read and hope to get to read the other 3!

    • Susi April 30, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Great. You are ahead of me there. I really need to start ordering some and start reading.