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Blog Tour: Torn by Cynthia Eden

Posted June 2, 2016 by Rowena in Promotions | 4 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins

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Cynthia Eden’s fourth book in the Torn series, Torn is out in retailers everywhere and we’re featuring the book on our blog today. Cynthia Eden is here to talk about the research she did for her heroine’s job. Victoria Palmer is a forensic anthropologist and we were curious to see what kind of research Cynthia Eden did to write about that. Read on to find out…

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Torn by Cynthia Eden
Torn #4
Releases on May 31, 2016 by Avon

In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s latest novel featuring the Last Option Search Team (LOST), one agent’s investigation entices a killer into making her his prey.

PARTNERS . . . FRIENDS . . .

Forensic anthropologist Victoria Palmer has always been better with the dead than the living. Shutting down her emotions, she lets few people in. But then Victoria’s latest investigation takes her and agent Wade Monroe to Savannah, Georgia. Handsome, dangerous, and more than ready to play dirty on any case, Wade weakens Victoria’s aloofness with just one glance.

. . . LOVERS

Wade knows their recent cases have pushed Victoria beyond her limits. But her skills are crucial to finding a college student who went missing five years ago. Victoria is able to determine she was murdered, and that the killer is still on the loose.

And when the vicious murderer targets Victoria, Wade must do everything in his power to protect her . . . because he refuses to let a woman he loves be torn from him . . . again.

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Forensic Anthropology – Let’s Talk About the Dead

When I was in college, one of my friends was taking a forensic anthropology class. At the time, I knew very little about her class…until I went to her house and she (literally) had a set of bones spread out on her kitchen table. She’d been given an assignment—find out who those bones belonged to (the person’s age and sex at time of death) and how that person died. And my friend was supposed to find all of these facts out…just by studying the bones.

Of course, I was fascinated. Hooked. Obsessed. 😉 And my mind starting spinning. It would be years, (YEARS, people, YEARS!) before I was able to finally write my book about a forensic anthropologist, but I like to think I just spent all of that time researching…

Researching by reading every book that I could find on forensic anthropology.

Researching by Googling the oddest, craziest forensic anthropology facts that I could imagine…

And researching by grilling folks who have visited body farms. Oh, yes, I said body farms. If you haven’t heard of this term before, a body farm is basically a research facility where you can go to study the decomposition rates of bodies under various circumstances. There’s a big facility in Tennessee. I’ve never gone there, but, trust me, it’s on my visit list (as weird as that may sound).

The heroine of my current romantic suspense, Dr. Victoria Palmer, spends a great deal of time from the dead. And, as she shows in TORN, the dead have plenty of stories to share. Their remains can tell so much about their lives…they can reveal so many secrets. The dead really do talk. You just have to be able to listen to them.

Thank you so much for checking out my guest post. Do you think you’d make for a good forensic anthropologist? Would you be able to study the dead?

Best,
Cynthia Eden
www.cynthiaeden.com
TORN – Available 5/31/16

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About the Author

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Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader bestseller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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Review: Torn by K.A. Robinson

Posted July 6, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Torn by K.A. RobinsonReviewer: Holly
Torn by K.A. Robinson
Series: Torn #1
Publisher: Atria Books, Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 17 2013
Pages: 268
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one-half-stars
Series Rating: two-stars

Chloe hasn't had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past.

On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.

Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.

Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him?

Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink.

This is a New Adult about Chloe, who goes to college with her two best friends, Logan and Amber. Logan is in love with her but she doesn’t know it. She falls for bad boy, Drake, who plays in a band – but who is really super sweet and not bad at all. She wants to go for it with him until Logan tells her he’s in love with her and Drake tells her he isn’t the kind for a relationship so she should go for it with Logan. She does, but the attraction between her and Drake doesn’t go away, so she ends up cheating on Logan. Twice. Which causes her to have much angst and guilt. Add into it drama from her mama, and it’s kind of a hot mess.

Chloe is childish and frustrating. She constantly falls back on the old “I have mommy issues” thing to excuse all of her terrible behavior. She whines, she cheats, she lies, she blows hot and cold. If she had stepped up and owned her behavior maybe, maybe I could have worked with it. As it stands? No. Just no.

Logan was controlling and pushy, so I’m not sure why she decided to start dating him. And don’t get me started on the way Amber bailed on Chloe as soon as the going got rough. Yes, she was acting like an idiot, but a true friend would have told her that, rather than giving her the silent treatment until Logan said it was okay to be friends again.

To be totally honest, I’m not even sure why I finished it. I should have stopped as soon as Mr. Maddox was referenced. I knew then I was going to have problems with the story.

It ends in a cliffhanger of sorts (with Chloe’s psycho mom coming back into the picture) and the blurb for the next book, Twisted, makes me want to poke my eyes out, so I’ll definitely be stopping here.

1.5 out of 5

This book is available from Atria Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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