Ashes in a Coconut by Bo Kearns (blog tour review)

Someone get me some sunglasses, cause this book is full of shady business!

Fashion designer Laura has reluctantly given up her career and moved to Indonesia with her husband Jack – tasked with a new position running a bank in the country. Things at the new house are immediately giving Laura the heebie-jeebies and although the country is tropical and gorgeous – she can’t help but shake the bad feelings around her. And with good reason.

What follows is a whirlwind of danger, including underground corruption and politics, some pretty serious betrayal and lies, culture clashes and curses, and one adorable little orangutan that could change the entire course of Laura’s life.

Thriller lovers will love the secrets and dark plot twists – intricately woven and full of suspense.

Mystery aficionados, will relish in the danger and corruption laced with lies and intrigue.

A married couple trying to reignite some spark for the romantics, a gorgeous tropical setting for the travel fanatics, a quirky group of women and some fashion design for the chick lit lovers, and even a dose of environmental & animal love for the the nature enthusiasts.

There is genuinely something for everyone in this story.

I felt like I was IN the country reading this. I could hear the birds in the trees and the feel the sun on my face. The plot is flawless and original. The descriptions of the country are vivid and alluring. The suspense is heart pounding and the animals and the local characters heartwarming.

A fantastic debut from Bo Kearns.

This book is available now! Get it here!


  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC (May 15, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1945181508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1945181504


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About the Book

To save her marriage, Laura Harrison accompanies her husband Jack to Indonesia where he is to take over as president of troubled bank; but when her premonitions become reality, events spin out of control. Laura expects their new home in Jakarta to be a romantic hideaway like something out of a classic Bogart movie. Instead she walks into a house of horrors. White sheets cover Gothic furnishings, and black garments hang in the closets. It’s as if the former occupants had fled from some danger. Despite feelings of doom, Laura is determined to make things work. At the local market she’s appalled to see a baby orangutan for sale, its mother having been killer by loggers. She resolves to save the endangered primates and their rainforest habitat. As Laura attempts to grow closer to her husband, they become at odds over his shady business dealings. And when his secrets and life of lies are revealed, Laura finds herself alone and responsible for her own destiny.

About Bo Kearns

BoBO KEARNS, journalist and writer of fiction, is the author of Ashes in a Coconut, a novel set in Indonesia, where he lived for three years. He is a feature writer with Northbay biz magazine and the Sonoma Index-Tribune newspaper. His short stories have won awards—First Prize, Napa Valley College writing contest, Honorable Mention-Glimmer Train Fiction Open competition, and Finalist- Redwood Writers On the Edge genre competition. Other works have been published in the annual California Writers Club Literary Review, Napa Valley Writers First Press, The Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine and Sonoma: Stories of a Region and Its People. He is a UC Naturalist, beekeeper, avid hiker and active supporter of conservation causes. He lives in the wine country of Sonoma with his wife. Learn more at


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