Cami Taylor: a blackjack dealer, a bestselling author, and a fraud. Cami’s boyfriend, Joel, loves her in spite of her flaws. He wants to marry her, buy a house on Long Island, and raise a family–a life that’s a million miles from Cami’s idea of happiness. Her therapist suggests compromise and trust, but Cami bolts like a deer. She breaks off the relationship and launches on a new quest for happiness, not knowing that a nasty surprise waits around the corner. What follows is a fight to the death. Who will be the one left standing?
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About the Author
L. K. Simonds is a Fort Worth local. She has worked as a waitress, KFC hostess, telephone marketer, assembly-line worker, nanny, hospital lab technician, and air traffic controller. She’s an instrument-rated pilot and an alumna of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas. All In is her first novel.
So very well written! In myriad ways, this one takes you up, down and all around – in thought-provoking, emotive and cause-to-consider ways. All In is deep and, at times, a little dark but certainly compelling – so much so that I found it hard to put down and the storyline has stuck with me for a while.
Extraordinarily well-crafted characters who act and interact in believable and very interesting ways. This new to me author has caught my attention with her depth of description and unashamed handling of what could be very difficult subjects. This one is neither a quick nor a light read, but is a worthy and well-written one and I applaud this author for taking the high road with the reality of the subject matter.
I do highly recommend this novel and know I will be reading it again.
A favorite (among many) quote: “’That’s an important thing about fiction, not only telling a story, but helping the reader see and feel things. Maybe even understand things, they wouldn’t-couldn’t-otherwise.’”
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not required, no compensation was received, and all views expressed are my own.
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How I came to write ALL IN.
Back in the 1990s, I was vacationing in NYC with my buddies. We got out the phonebook—as we always did while traveling—to see how many people with our last names were listed. In that thick Manhattan phonebook was one listing for a person with the same name as my friend’s. Two initials and a surname, as a single woman might’ve listed her number back in those days. The address was only a few blocks from our Midtown hotel, and we joked about calling to see if she was a long-lost cousin, who might take us to her favorite shops and restaurants.
We didn’t call, but the “what if?” stuck with me. What if you did call? What if the person you called was in crisis? Or about to face a crisis? What if that serendipitous phone call resulted in a friendship that became a lifeline? That notion was the inception of ALL IN.
ALL IN is my first offering as a novelist—my best writing to date. I hope you enjoy it!
To celebrate her tour, L.K. Simonds is giving away a $25 Visa gift card and a hardback copy of All In!!
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James Robert saysJuly 21, 2019 at 3:22 am
Great post and I appreciate getting to find out about another great book. Thanks for all you do and for the hard work you put into this. Greatly appreciated!
Caryl Kane saysJuly 21, 2019 at 6:18 am
Thank you for the wonderful review and being part of the tour.
Debbie P saysJuly 21, 2019 at 12:31 pm
This book sounds intriguing and a like a really great read.