Sunday, October 27, 2013

Blog Tour for Virtue by Allison Bassen

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Blog Tour for Virtue by Allison Bassen


Candice and Susan thought they had it all, but they were dead wrong. Their lives were in jeopardy the day they learned the daunting truth about one formidable man.

Candice, incognito, now occupies the penthouse suite as the in-house call girl at Manhattan's swankiest hotel. She rises to the top of her profession paying more attention to the psychological longings of her clients. After all, sex is so much more than just sex. Even though she has powerful men under her influence, Candice still glances over her shoulder.

Susan, once a wealthy Atlanta socialite, played by the rules only to be confronted with an unimaginable ultimatum. She snaps out of her charm school coma realizing the last twenty-three years played like a sinister joke at her expense. Now she has one goal. Stay alive.

One will survive.

VIRTUE takes you on a ride of sultry suspense. Buckle up.

My Review

Where should I begin? Overall I enjoyed the main plot of this story. It was interesting. At first I had a hard time getting into the story. This is the typical story of a "good" girl gone bad. At times, it's predictable with the main character, Candice and Susan. Her life name is Susan while her working name is Candice. Several parts of the story seemed like it was an information dump all at one time. As an example, there are several areas where the environment was well detailed and leaves nothing to the imagination.

Susan find out a horrible secret of her husbands and has no choice but to leave him. She takes off to the big city, New York. She dabbles a small bit in trying to land a job in journalism, and it doesn't take off. She meets a girl, Mia who is an "escort" and quickly takes over the job. This to me seemed a bit quick. I would think a woman with Susan's upbringing would take a bit more time fighting for her dreams and would take more of an internal battle when it came to debating on the new job.

I did notice some spots where another edit could be done. However, I did like the steamy scenes. Most of them were well written and entertaining. As the ending came, it was easy for me to guess what was going to happen.

Overall I give Virtue 4.5/5..... but for technicality I will say it's a four star.

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Author Bio

My first word was "cookie." That tells you just about everything you need to know about me.

I was born in Columbia, South Carolina weighing a meager three pounds, which was tenuous back in those days. As usual, I was early for my own birthday by three months. My theory is everyone's punctuality is innate. I'm early for almost everything.

My folks moved to Atlanta when I was nine months old and I stayed there until I was twenty-four. My itch was Manhattan. I can still remember signaling my first taxi and when that checker cab pulled over for me, I became Audrey Hepburn. Even though I understand the whys, I miss those over sized cabs and their character. There's nothing glamorous in putting your hand out for a yellow Prius.

I fell for a "Yankee" and never made it back to Atlanta. We tied the knot and made three beautiful children. Funny, my youngest son read the first few pages of VIRTUE, and his only comment was, "This is fiction, right?"

My friends and family have been telling me to write for years. The challenge was coming up with the story. VIRTUE was inspired by scandalous newspaper headlines. A Governor got caught with an escort. That had me scratching my head. Why would a powerful man risk his career? And what about the escort? She looked like a pretty girl and came from a nice family. Then I researched the history of prostitution and came to understand why it is referred to as "the oldest profession." Yes, prostitution is in The Bible.

My second novel, MY FATHER'S AFFAIR, which should be published by June of 2013, was inspired by a true story. I took that story and raised the proverbial stakes. I changed the era and the setting. Things were much different in the early sixties. Small towns are like Cheers where everybody knows your name. But I think the most important aspect of writing this novel was the narrator. The reader sees the story through Ellie's eyes, the thirteen year old daughter, which intensifies the emotions.

Writing gets me out of bed every morning. Okay, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are equally motivating. If I'm not writing, I'm reading. There is nothing better than a great read. My biggest hope is that you find pleasure reading my novels.

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