Saturday, February 6, 2010

Blog Tour: Double Trouble (Review)

"PJ Sugar had been born to sneak up on people." 

With that opening line, Susan May Warren draws readers into the second novel in the PJ Sugar series "Double Trouble."

PJ Sugar is back, working along side her boss, Jeremy Kane, and trying to determine if Boone Buckham - her high school sweetheart - is truly the love of her life; all while trying to figure out what God has in store for her.

What did I think
I really like the PJ Sugar series. Warren has created a fun, true to life character in PJ Sugar (but two novels in we still don't know what PJ stands for...). PJ is smart, she takes risks and above all, she is trying to live her faith in an authentic way.

She's also trying to find love - and determine if Boone her high school "tattoo-mate" is also her soul mate.

I think what I like most about PJ Sugar is that she makes mistakes. She's not perfect. She could be your best friend. (Well, your goofy, never know what will happen next best friend.)

Double Trouble is the second book in the series, but stands alone well. I'll admit, I understood a bit more because I read the first novel - but I think Warren provides enough "back story" that you'll do well if this is your first taste of "sugar." (You'll probably find that you enjoyed the book so much, that you'll want to go back to read how it all began.)

Can't get enough of PJ? Licensed for Trouble the third novel (tentative title) in the series will release later this year.

More About Double Trouble
With one solved case under her belt, PJ Sugar is ready to dive into her career as a private investigator. Or at least a PI's assistant until she can prove herself to Jeremy Kane, her new boss.

Suddenly PJ's seeing crime everywhere. But is it just in her head, or can she trust her instincts? When she takes on her first official case-house-sitting for a witness in protective custody-Jeremy assures her there's no danger involved. But it soon becomes clear that there is someone after the witness . . . and now they're after PJ, too.

Want to Read an Excerpt?
Click here to visit Warren's website, so you can read a bit from the book. 

More About Susan May Warren
Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Book of the Year.

Her larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.

She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at: www.susanmaywarren.com.

The HUMDINGER-of-a-CONTEST:
Be sure to enter the Double Trouble Prize Package Giveaway 
by clicking on the ‘Double the Sass” button (below)
Susan’s giving away an iPod prize package 
that is anything but troubling! Check it out!

The Contest 
Double Trouble, the brand new PJ Sugar novel by Susan May Warren, is in stores now! 
To celebrate the release, we’re running a HUMDINGER of a contest!!
One Grand Prize winner will receive a $150 SUPER SLEUTH prize package that includes:

    * A brand new iPod Shuffle (perfect for those all-night stakeouts)
    * A $10 iTunes gift card (we recommend the ALIAS soundtrack)
    * A $10 Amazon gift card (why yes, they do sell spy pens)
    * A $10 Starbucks gift card (for fuel, obviously)
    * A pair of designer sunglasses (be stealthy AND super chic)
    * A gorgeous scarf from World Market (can also be used as a blindfold, and/or for tying up bad guys)
    * AND signed copies of both Nothing But Trouble & Double Trouble. (romance! danger! intrigue! sooo much better than Surveillance for Dummies!)
Pst... you need to hurry, the contest closes on February 20, 2010 @ 09:59 pm (PST)
They'll announce the super sleuth winner on March 1.

Blog Tour Schedule!  
Check out what others are saying about Double Trouble...

Read the First Novel - Nothing But Trouble
PJ Sugar knows three things for sure: After traveling the country for ten years hoping to shake free from the trail of disaster that’s become her life, she needs a fresh start.

The last person she wants to see when she heads home for her sister’s wedding is Boone—her former flame and the reason she left town.

Her best friend’s husband absolutely did not commit the first murder Kellogg, Minnesota, has seen in more than a decade.

What PJ doesn’t know is that when she starts digging for evidence, she’ll uncover much more than she bargained for—a deadly conspiracy, a knack for investigation, and maybe, just maybe, that fresh start she’s been longing for.

It's not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her hometown, looking for a fresh start.

Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend's husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder--who also happens to be PJ's former flame--is convinced it's an open-and-shut case, PJ's not so sure.

She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend's husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right.

You can read more about the first book - and my interview with Warren, by clicking here.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail. (However, I can be bribed by Starbucks and chocolate....fyi...)

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