Monday, March 31, 2014

Author Joanne DeMaio’s True Blend

I’m delighted today to share my thoughts on fellow blogger and author Joanne DeMaio’s latest release.

TRUE BLEND by Joanne DeMaio

True Blend coverAuthor Joanne DeMaio tackles the tough question – can a person do something terribly wrong for the right reason – in her latest release, TRUE BLEND.

DeMaio quickly pulls readers into this story when the innocence of a child is threatened. She holds you spellbound as the story unfolds and tugs at your heartstrings every step of the way.

Three minutes on a bright sunny morning turned the world of Amy Trewist, a young widow, upside down in the quaint town of Addison, CT. Her two-year-old daughter, Grace is kidnapped as part of an elaborate bank robbery. As Grace is snatched away, Amy comes face to face with one of the armed men, who urges her to ‘be strong.’

It’s a typical day for George Carbone out with his brother for a day of gambling and fun with their friends. The day quickly turns tragic when George ends up in a bank parking lot just as an armored truck robbery takes place. He does the only thing he knows to do, protect an innocent child at all cost.

George is soon able to return the young girl to her mother and the lives of all three become intertwined. As the days of summer pass away, the trio become closer. But dark secrets, guilt and recurring flashbacks threaten their happiness. It's time once again for George to do the right thing, no matter the cost.

Through DeMaio’s rich descriptions, the scenes materialize before you. As George learns of the intricate plans surrounding the robbery and its aftermath, the events seem to come to life in slow motion making you wonder about the chain of events in real life crimes.

The characters are well-developed, realistic and very likable. DeMaio portrays their emotions in such a way readers will feel their joy and anguish. 

TRUE BLEND is a splendidly compiled story of love, honor, compassion, loyalty and strength. It’s heartwarming and suspenseful in a fast pace captivating style. The setting, the characters and their dilemmas will pull you in for a hometown feel of friends and family you won’t want to leave.

True Blend by Joanne DeMaio, CreateSpace Independent Publishing, @2014, ISBN: 978-1494762094, Paperback, 394 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Thanks for stopping by today. What are your thoughts on doing something terrible for the right reasons?


  1. Maybe George was involved in the robbery...?

    1. Ah, but how is really the question, Alex. Is he a willing or non-willing participant?

  2. Hi Mason .. At the weekend I was just wondering what had happened to Joanne! So now I know .. and she certainly can write well .. so I'm looking forward to reading her books .. Good to know she pops up here - thank you!

    Cheers Hilary

    1. Hilary, I miss seeing Joanne's posts too. And, yes, she certainly can write well. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. Have a great week.

  3. Mason - Thanks for sharing this. That whole issue of moral ambiguity is absolutely fascinating. And it lets us really explore a character and set of relationships.

  4. Wow, I remember Joanne from when I first started blogging. Good for her. This sounds like a wonderful read - just as her other book was.

  5. I miss Joanne's posts too. Glad to see she's still writing.

  6. sounds too disturbing for my tender heart

  7. Hi Mason,

    Thank you for hosting me today, it's always fun to start off the book tour at a familiar stop! Really enjoyed your thoughts on the story, and I'm also waving "hello" to the familiar faces in the comments. Happy reading and coffee-cheers...


  8. Another book to put on my ever-growing TBRT list!


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