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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tour: Sifting Through Mud by Demetria Foster Gray; Review & #Giveaway

Title: Sifting Through Mud
Author: Demetria Foster Gray
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 276
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Format: Paperback/Kindle
The death of Nyla's husband comes as a shock to everyone except Nyla. What’s shocking to Nyla is her inability to grieve his death like a typical loving wife should grieve. But Nyla isn't a typical loving wife. She's a woman in desperate need to breathe. The oxygen in her life has long gone, and the astonishing thing she feels from her husband's death is relief, not grief.
Even more astonishing is the rare and unexpected friendship which develops between Nyla and her dead husband's mistress. However, Nyla isn’t aware her new best friend is a former mistress. And as their friendship deepens into an unshakable bond, Nyla is forced to face secrets her husband took with him to his grave. This means she has to sift through mud to unravel the truth. A truth that’s better off dead.
Yet through it all, the one thing which makes Nyla violently breathless, is the exact same thing that causes her to finally breathe.

For More Information:
  • Sifting Through Mud is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
My Thoughts:

Nyla Kane is a woman who’s not happy with her life right now.  Vivian Phillips is also a woman who’s not happy right now.  Their lives collide and it’s an interesting beginning.  These are two women who don’t realize how much they have in common when they first meet.

Our author has Nyla seeing a professional and the way that the scenes are written, either the author has personal experience as a reference or she has done a lot of observing and research to get the scene so it appears accurate.  The scenes will have you feeling as if you’re eavesdropping on those visits. 

The author has included a scene-stealer and her name is Miss Parks.  I couldn’t help it but she had me laughing.  She’s the next-door neighbor who thinks she knows everyone’s business.  This book shows how a friendship grows from nothing and not all are forged from childhood.  But there’s jealousy that can also rear its ugly head.  This is a book that you can let life interfere – which is ok since that’s what this book is about.

It has a lot of things in it that make it a great book club read – it has plenty of things to discuss.  If you’re not sure whether to get an e-copy or paperback, I vote for the paperback.  It’s a book that you could take a lot of places where you don’t have to worry about needing a place to plug in.  For me the saddest two words I had to read was “The End”.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching this friendship blossom and I’m sure you will feel the same.

About the Author:
Demetria Foster Gray is a novelist, freelance writer, and communications consultant. She earned a degree in Marketing Communications and spent the bulk of her career writing for the corporate world. Creating fictional characters and building stories has always been her first love. A native of the Chicago, IL area, Demetria now lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Sifting Through Mud is her debut novel. Visit Demetria at
Her latest book is the contemporary women's fiction novel, Sifting Through Mud.
For More Information
  • Visit Demetria’s website.
  • Connect with Demetria on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Visit Demetria’s blog.
  • Find Demetria on Goodreads

Demetria is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card and 1 Free Ebook copy of Sifting Through Mud!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • Two winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Amazon Gift Certificate and 1 ecopy of her book.
  • This giveaway begins October 6 and ends on November 1.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, November 3
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!


Follow the tour:
October 7
Interviewed at Review From Here
October 9
Book featured at PUYB Virtual Book Club
October 13
Book reviewed at Hanging Off the Wire
October 15
Book featured at Celticlady's Reviews
October 17
Guest blogging at I'm Shelf-ish
October 20
Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
October 22
Book featured at My Life. One Story at a Time
October 23
Interviewed at Read Your Writes
October 24
Book featured at Confessions of a Reader
Book featured at Storeybook Reviews
October 27
Guest blogging at Melina's Book Blog
October 28
October 29
Book reviewed at The Phantom Paragrapher
October 30
Interviewed at Literal Exposure


  1. Lynn, I'm so deeply touched and humbled by your review. You've given great detail of the story and seem to really know the characters (especially the mention of Miss Park). I'm very thankful your review is not a generalization of the book, which sometimes means the reviewer didn't really read it. Your thoughtful and kind observations of the story are tremendously appreciated.

    Thank you very much, and I wish you all the best.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I've signed up for your mailing list - looking forward to see what you have in store for your readers next. Enjoy your holidays. Lynn


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