Book Title: Till Death Us Do Part
Author: Cristina Slough
Genre: Military/Romance Suspense
Release Date: December 29, 2015
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CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS
Wow what a book! This was a very good military romance story. There was plenty going on to keep the pages turning! There were even a couple of whoa, didn't see that coming moments! I loved the multiple points of view from each of the characters involved in the story. This added so much depth and other views to the story!
Mimi is a newlywed military wife. Joel is in the marines. Joel leaves on his second deployment to Afghanistan 1 month after their wedding. Mimi chooses to stay in England with her family while Joel is deployed. One day Mimi gets that dreaded phone call. The one where the military informs you that your husband has died. Mimi fights severe depression at this news. Her best friend convinces her to go to Texas. Texas is where her husband is from and might help Mimi find closure. What Mimi finds is a lot more about her husband than she ever knew. What did Joel keep from her? What else did Mimi learn while in Texas? How is her life forever changed?
This was a very good book. I can't wait to read more by this author.
- I love writing to music, it sets by mood and puts me in the zone.
- When I was little, I believed one day I would really fly just like Supergirl!
- I have jumped out of a plane, by choice!
- I know the words off by heart to over 20 movies, but I can never remember song lyrics!
- I love the water but I can’t swim.
- Google is essential, so I must have internet (I’m a writer not a serial killer!)
- Music (I cannot write without it.)
- A notebook and pen (I have to write down ideas immediately.)
About TILL DEATH US DO PARTQ: That ending....Many Readers didn't see it ending as it did. How much of that ending was you and how much was you letting the characters take the wheel?
A: That ending was all them. I didn’t even know what was going to happen until my fingers typed the final words. Suddenly, my mind raced right back to the opening chapter of the book where Mimi was dreaming about Joel; his body, bloody and wet. All of the feelings and emotions I had throughout the story came together in the final scene. The best way to describe it would be—putting a needle and thread throughout the book and stitching it all together. Truly, it felt like I was right there with them. The ending resulted in showing readers what I saw…even I was shocked!
Q: Favorite Scene of TILL DEATH US DO PART?
There were quite a few scenes that I loved writing. If I had to make a firm choice then it would have to be Chapter 30 titled: Joel. This is where my emotional investment to the story hit its highest level. It is the moment that my voice was no longer my own. It was all theirs.
Q: Team Joel or Team Austin?
Ultimately, Team Austin. But I loved writing about Joel, he was very complex, there was far more about him than meets the eye.
Q: Who is your celebrity dream cast for TILL DEATH?
Scott Eastwood would make the perfect Austin. I’d love to see Zac Efron play Joel, although he would have to be more rough around the edges. Looks wise, Shay Mitchell would fit Mimi perfectly but I have no idea if she could pull off a British accent! I think that Julianne Hough would also fit the physical profile of Meg, but again, she’d have to be able to pull off being a Brit.
Q: If you can pick one song that encompasses the whole story, what would that song be?
I won’t give up by Jason Mraz. I wrote the end scene to this song. It could have been from either Joel or Austin’s POV.
Q: Do you have plans to write more with the characters from TILL DEATH?
No. I truly feel like my journey with the characters has ended. That being said, they will forever be a part of me.
Q: What is in the works now?
I am working on a new standalone novel about a woman that fakes her own death to escape from her abusive husband. Some of my research is being carried out by working with a lady who has been a victim of domestic violence. She has offered to share her experiences with me. It is not based on her life, however she is helping me to understand what some women may be feeling that are or have been in an abusive relationship. This one is going to be emotional for sure.
Novelist, movie addict, and animal lover, Cristina Slough is the author of:
Till Death Us Do Part, her debut novel.
Cristina has always been a bookworm, rarely seen without a pen and paper in her hand, she loves delving into a literacy fictional world of her own.
At the age of 11, her junior school teacher told her mother that she would be wasting her life if she didn’t become an author. Throughout her teenage years and beyond, her parents spurred her on to keep writing. She later began a career in commercial real estate, working in London’s West End, a corporate bubble where she was unable to fuel her passion to write.
It was on her Californian honeymoon in 2012 that the bug to write was becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. After visiting Yosemite National Park she was inspired by the natural beauty of the land that surrounded her. Holding a special place in her heart, Yosemite would later be written into her debut novel.
She finally gave up the ‘big smoke’ when her son, Lucas, was born in October 2013.
When Lucas was a newborn, Cristina was told to sleep when the baby sleeps. She never could. There was a calling inside her to write. After getting to grips with her new role as a mother, she began working a psychological thriller, but she couldn’t fully connect to the characters she created. She ditched the manuscript and started Till Death Us Do Part(Limitless Publishing, 2015).Cristina is married to Adam, who runs a successful business; together they share their Bedfordshire home with their son, crazy white German Shepherd and three spoiled cats. They can be found trekking through woodlands, or around the many shops Cristina loves to explore. As a family, they love to travel frequently, the United States being a firm favourite.