Letter C The April A to Z Blogging Challenge #AtoZChallenge

April Author Spotlight 2015

Letter ‘C’ is for Cathrina Constantine author of Don’t Forget to Breathe

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Every day throughout the month of April 2015, I’ll be featuring an author and one of their novels. The featured authors share two main characteristics, firstly I enjoyed their novel, and secondly they publish independently or with a small publisher. The spotlight includes why I recommend the novel, and the author’s answers to three short questions plus links to author and their work.

Why do I recommend Don’t Forget to Breathe?

I felt sorry for traumatized and confused, young Leocadia for having no supportive adults, and also angry at her as she made some questionable and risky decisions, which led her to be frequently on the brink of great danger. I was constantly worried for her as she learned to fend for herself the hard way, and although she comes across some destructive and abusive characters, fortunately she has some caring friends, too. This novel is well-written, engaging and exciting, and there are some suspenseful and also some spine-tingling paranormal scenes which will keep you gripped to the story to the last page.

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What’s your novel about, Cathrina?

Don’t Forget to Breathe is a Young Adult/Murder Mystery sprinkled with romance, a haunted mansion, and ghosts.

Sixteen-year-old, Leocadia walks into her house after school to discover her mom’s body and is snatched from behind only to hear, “I’m not going to kill you…not yet.” This begins a year of retrograde amnesia, and she battles her own demons by getting wasted by any means available. Getting clean and sober is where the main story begins. Her nightmares are getting worse, she’s starting to remember. Two more murders are discovered in Hallow Saints Cemetery, and they are oddly linked to her mom’s homicide. This time Leo is determined to leave no stone unturned to find her mother ‘s killer.

Don’t Forget to Breathe is not merely for young adults, I feel adults who like a good murder mystery, and ghosts that don’t keep you up at night will enjoy this book.

What are you working on now?

I’ve recently finished writing the sequel to TALLAS, which is titled Snow on Cinders, but that may change. It’s a dystopian, paranormal thriller about a family’s survival among monsters and a mutated planet. I’ve found that teenagers and adults have liked TALLAS, and feel the sequel will also appeal to young and old alike.

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What would you like readers to know about you?

When I’m not babysitting my very first grandbaby, I enjoy taking walks in the woods behind my house with my dogs. It’s the peaceful atmosphere and the birds singing that sets my imagination to wander. I can conjure up all kinds of interesting tales, and I have actually used some of the sights and sounds in my writing.

How can we find out more or contact you?

Feel free to Haunt me at these sites:

Facebook

Amazon

Goodreads

Twitter   @cathconstantine

Blog

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Please take some time to check out some of the other blogs on the A-Z Challenge. There are plenty of interesting and varied topics.

Book Launch! Don’t Forget to Breathe by Cathrina Constantine

Today it’s my pleasure to take part in another Book Launch. I’d like to introduce you to Cathrina Constantine’s new  novel Don’t Forget to Breathe.

Blurb for Don’t Forget to Breathe by Cathrina Constantin:

Sixteen-year-old Leocadia arrives home from school to find her mom’s bloody body. Unaware that the killer still lingers, she rushes to her mother’s side, only to be grabbed from behind and then everything fades to black.

After a year of retrograde amnesia and battling personal demons, Leo’s dreams are getting worse—she’s starting to remember. More bodies are discovered and they seem to be oddly linked to her mom’s unsolved homicide.

When Leo allows her friend, Henry to drag her into the haunted Lucien Mansion, misty ghosts appear, ghosts that just might lead to her mother’s murderer.

Will Leo let her memories threaten her into a relapse or, will she fight to find her mother’s killer – only to become his next victim?

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Author Bio:

Cathrina Constantine resides in Western New York with her husband, five children, two Labrador Retrievers and two cats. Author @BlackOpalBooks & @CHBB_Vamptasy.

Her current books: WICKEDLY THEY COME, WICKEDLY THEY DREAM, TALLAS, And her newest novel from @CHHB_Vamptasy DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE.

When not with her family or stationed at the computer writing, you will find her walking in the backwoods with her dogs, conjuring up a new tale.

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Contact or find out more about Cathrina Constantine:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wickedly333
Blog: http://cathrinaconstantine.blogspot.com
Twitter: @cathconstantine

My Review of Don’t Forget to Breathe by Cathrina Constantine (4 Stars)

Finding your mother’s dead body, and realizing you saw and heard her murderer, although you can’t remember anything, is enough to devastate anyone, but especially our young heroine, Leocadia, who has grown into a confused and traumatized adolescent.

In addition, her father’s neglectful attitude to parenting (he obviously has his own problems), and her lack of any supportive adults, leads her to make some questionable decisions which will put her in danger, and even face to face with her mother’s killer.

She learns the hard way that her parents were not the ideal people she had envisaged in her childhood, and also comes across some destructive characters at her school, although fortunately she has some caring friends, too.

I had a hard time understanding the things Leo did, and how she coped, wanting to shout at her too many times! On the other hand, I really cared and worried about her and wanted to know what would happen.

This novel is well-written, engaging and exciting, and there are some suspenseful moments when everyone seems guilty of her mother’s murder. There are also some spine-tingling scenes in the cemetery and a haunted house.

I don’t usually read YA novels, in fact, this is the first one I’ve read in a long time. I felt sorry for the young people for seemingly not having much support or understanding from their elders. As an adult, I would have liked to have been able to identify or sympathise with an adult character.

On the other hand, the characters and events are convincingly portrayed, it’s entertaining, exciting, and has some paranormal and gripping moments, and I’m sure young adults will identify with Leo’s issues and enjoy this novel.

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