a book in review & author interview!


Brief Summary:

“If you change your mind, here’s this.” Finn Lanigan kissed a young Blythe Heywood one last time under a star-scattered Idaho sky. It was the last kiss that ever weakened her knees, the last sky she noticed for over a dozen years. Then she left, returning to her fiancé, the wedding she’d committed to, and the secure life she’d yearned for since she was a little girl.

Thirteen years later, her husband leaves Blythe for his young associate. Devastated, she’s unable to imagine the next chapter of her life as she packs her family’s belongings to move across town. Unexpectedly, she finds the forgotten slip of paper bearing Finn’s phone number in the back of a drawer.

Hadn’t she tossed it years before as a newlywed, when she vowed to be the perfect wife and mother? Apparently not. Here it remained. Her road not taken.

Facing three weeks without her young daughters, Blythe sets out to find the man she left behind so long ago. With only the name of the small town where he once lived, Peregrine, Idaho, and the memory of their last kiss under a starry sky, she heads across the Pacific Northwest in search of him.

What she finds in the foothills of Blue Mountain challenges everything she thought she knew and is the very last thing she expected. Within days, her life changes forever. But it is her destiny and destinies cannot be denied.

The first book of the Blue Mountain Collection, laced with Thompson’s lovable but complex characters, “Blue Midnight” is a mature love story about second chances, family, and the complexities of trust and vulnerability after betrayal.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This book has a little bit of everything-drama, love, mystery, heartbreak, and so much more. It’s a great weekend read, you won’t want to put it down. The characters in this book will quickly become your friends.  If you’re a fan of any of Tess’ other books, you’ll love this one as well. I recommend this 4.5 star book to anyone who may need some positivity about taking a second chance, this book is it, xo!


  • What inspired you to become a writer? My love of books as a child . I learned to read young and from the moment I discovered the local library I constantly had my head in a book. Getting lost in a novel was and still is my favorite form of escape, not to mention all the places and people I’ve known through the copious novels I’ve read over the. My goal is to be that kind of writer for others. 
  • When you started writing what was your biggest challenge? My biggest challenge then and now is the inner critic that likes to sit on my shoulder and tell me what a hack I am. The days when I conquer that demon are what I call being in the flow. But there are many, many days when I have to just push through and write with that devil on my shoulder.
  • Tips for anyone who wants to write a novel. Read as much as you can. Write until you find your own voice. Write the novel you wish you could read. Don’t make excuses why you don’t have time to write. Tell your inner critic to jump in the nearest lake and don’t be afraid to write a crappy first draft.
  • What were your fave books growing up? Little House series, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, To Kill a Mockingbird. 
  • What do you do in your spare time? Raise my daughters, cook, read, keep my eyes open for my Prince Charming, hang with friends, watch football, snuggle with my kitties on the couch, have that second glass of wine when I really shouldn’t and then work it off the next day at the gym.
  • Must have beauty product? A round brush to style my hair while blow-drying. Multi-tasking, baby!
  • Favorite thing to do in the summer?  Walk the beach.

Author Bio:
Tess Thompson is a mother before all else, and a writer after that. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. After honing her craft in theater with a prize-winning play titled My Lady’s Hand, her heart was called to a different storytelling medium: the great American novel.

But, as she recently said to a friend, “Well, maybe not ‘great’ but certainly American.”

The first of these, Riversong (Booktrope Editions), went on to become #1 on Barnes and Noble’s Nook Book chart in October 2011. Two years after its release, readership of Riversong continues to grow, spending weeks in the top 100 Kindle bestsellers; it’s known amongst her friends and family as “the little book that could.”

Caramel and Magnolias, the first in the Legley Bay Collection was released in the fall of 2012. In May of 2013 Tess released the sequel to Riversong called Riverbend and the third in the collection, Riverstar, in August 2013. Tea and Primroses, the second in the Legley Bay Collection was released February 16, 2014. The first in the Blue Mountain Collection, Blue Midnight was released June 30, 2014.

She’s currently working on her first historical fiction, Duet For Three Hands, which will be released December 2014.

Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess hails from a small town in southern Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, ages 11 and 8, the loves of her life.

Although currently single, Tess has not given up on finding a love story of her own. Until her prince arrives, she’s content creating what she hopes are epic, page-turning love stories with a little suspense and mystery for additional spice. She writes in her home office six days a week, sipping countless cups of herbal tea, with two naughty but adorable kittens, (Christmas presents for her daughters) Mittens and Midnight, at her feet. But hopefully said Prince arrives soon to save her from becoming a bitter, crazy cat lady. Did she mention how adorable the kittens are?

Tess loves to hear from you. Drop her a line or visit her Facebook Fan Page or follow her on twitter: @tesswrites.

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