Publish or Perish


Romance - Suspense
330 Pages
Reviewed on 03/20/2020
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Author Biography

Kerry Blaisdell is the international best-selling and award-winning author of The Dead Series, including DEBRIEFING THE DEAD—2019 Royal Palm Literary Award Gold Medal for Best Published Fantasy, 2019 InD’tale Magazine RONE Award for Best Long Paranormal, 2020 Readers Favorite Bronze Medal for Best Urban Fantasy, and 2019 Romance Writers of America RITA® Award finalist—and its sequel, WAKING THE DEAD, 2020 Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist for Best Published Fantasy, 2020 RONE Award Finalist for Best Long Paranormal, and N.N. Light Book Award Winner, which InD’tale Magazine recommends for “fans of television shows like ‘Constantine’ or ‘Supernatural.’”

She also writes award-winning Romantic Suspense (PUBLISH OR PERISH, 2019 Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize Quarterfinalist, 2020 Reader’s Favorite Award Honorable Mention, and 2019 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner) and Historical Mystery. She has a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley in Comparative Literature (French/Medieval English), and a Master’s in Teaching English and Advanced Mathematics from the University of Portland. Kerry lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest with her family, assorted cats and dogs, and more hot pepper plants than anyone could reasonably consume.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Karen Hesson for Readers' Favorite

Publish or Perish by Kerry Blaisdell is a fast-paced suspense novel with lots of steamy romance. Emma’s scientist husband, the father of her two children, tears their marriage apart by cheating with his new assistant. When her husband takes a trip to Hawaii with his new girlfriend, they both wind up dead in a plane crash. Emma is left to pick up the pieces and discovers that her husband has left quite a mess for her. Eventually, she learns that her husband was actually murdered and that nothing is as it seems. Along the way, Emma falls in love with Vin, the detective working her late husband’s case. Their relationship is hot and fast, but Vin is also trying to escape past mistakes. Emma and Vin not only have to solve mysteries and murders, but they also have to learn to trust each other.

Publish or Perish definitely had a quick-moving plot with lots of action and dialogue scenes, which I like. It didn’t have any spots that seemed to drag, and it kept me guessing until the end. The characters were colorful and interesting as well. I liked that Emma and Vin weren’t the only ones to find love. Many of the side plots included exciting love stories, too. The sex scenes were quite detailed and explicit, just to offer a fair warning to any potential readers. Overall, Kerry Blaisdell created a page-turning and highly entertaining story. I enjoyed reading it!