Monday, November 7, 2016

REVIEW: The Ghostwriters ($25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: The Ghostwriters
Author: Mickey J. Corrigan
Series: N/A
Pages: 194
Date Published: 2016
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Format: Kindle
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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She's ghostwriting a book for a famous author--a recently deceased one. A struggling writer living in Manhattan, Jacy McMasters is the first to admit she's a terrific liar and a screw-up. Then the ghost of the famous novelist JD Balinger asks her to "channel" a follow-up to his classic coming of age book, The Watcher in the Sky. Along with her new boyfriend, a bear of a man who has no patience for mind games, the ghost in Jacy's head forces her to confront a lifetime of secrets—dark secrets. Secrets she's been keeping from herself. 
~My Thoughts~
The Ghostwriters was a quick, quirky little book that surprises and titillates. While it comes off quite snarky, there's some hidden depth and a bit of darkness that you really aren't suspecting.

I loved the references to The Catcher in the Rye and JD Salinger. Not so subtle perhaps, but definitely funny in that punny sort of way. This book is like your edgy quiet friend who doesn't say much but then will surprise you by pulling out something fantastic and deep. 

Jacy is intellectual, yet flawed, and has a lot of neurosis to play with. While it's hard to really get a measure of her character, she's definitely got a lot of actions, choices, and thoughts to try. At times you aren't sure what's real and what's going on in her head, but while she comes off a little eccentric, I think eventually you have to kind of grow to like her - if not relate to her mental angst! 
~Try an Excerpt!~
When I woke up the next day, I felt awful. My eyes were swollen shut so I had to tumble out of bed and crawl through clustering dust-devils to the bathroom. I'd suffered worse hangovers after overindulging, but there was a real sharp edge to this one. When I steamed my eyes open with a hot wash cloth, I noticed it right away. 

I was still hallucinating.

"You look bad, Jacy my girl," JD said from his cross-legged perch on my wicker laundry hamper. "First thing we need to do is ease back on the hard core boozing."

I screamed once or twice before he uncrossed his spidery limbs and said, "Don't be a ninny. You know who I am, that I come from you. From your own deranged mind. So what's the sense of yelling, disturbing your neighbors?"

He had a point. I calmed a little and said, "You may be an illusion, my illusion. But that does not mean you can stay in my bathroom while I shower."

He shrugged, brushed by me on his way out. "I'll make coffee. And when you come out, all fresh and bright-eyed, we'll discuss how I can save you. Help dislodge you from your habitual cycle of wanton, destructive choices. No more dabbling. Time for you to shed your loser image, child. It is high time. Take my word."
~Meet Mickey!~ 
Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan writes sexy thrillers and kooky romances. Recent books include the edgy novellas in The Hard Stuff series (Whiskey Sour Noir, Vodka Warrior, Tequila Dirty, and RealLife Rum); the thriller Sugar Babies; and the spoofy crime novels The Blow Off and Ex-Treme Measures. Salt Publishing will release Project XX, a crime novel, in 2017.
 Mickey will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Snarky and quirky, love it! Thanks for the fun review.

  3. Quick and quirky don't necessarily go with little, but I'm game to try it, especially when it surprises and titillates, LOL!!!

    1. It is kind of little at less than 200 pages. Hope it floats your boat!

  4. I enjoyed learning about this book and can't wait to read more. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Enjoyed reading the excerpt and Andra's thoughts, Sounds like a great read, Good luck with the tour!

  6. Great excerpt and I love the cover - thanks for sharing

    1. I'll tell the cover designer, she loves to hear that. Thanks!

  7. Thank you for your honest review, it's much appreciated!

  8. I really liked the excerpt. Sounds like a great book.