Friday, February 12, 2016

Baggage by S.G. Redling



Baggage by S.G. Redling
Print and e-book, 229 pages
Published: February 9th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer

Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she’s never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date.

A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who’s there whenever she needs help. On the day of the dreaded anniversary, Anna and Jeannie hit the town, planning to ease the pain with an alcohol-induced stupor and then sleep.…

When Anna awakes the next morning, she thinks she can put one more February 17 behind her, but fate is about to intervene in the form of two gruesome murders with eerie similarities to her violent past. This time, however, she won’t be an abandoned daughter or a grieving widow. This time, she’ll be a suspect.

My thoughts about Baggage ~~ 

This is an amazing story that grabbed me from the synopsis. I just had to find out what terrible thing had happened to Anna on February 17th, all those years ago. Things of which Anna would never speak. She kept that secret all through the years and every year dreaded waking up on February 17th. What traumatic event was in her past? And how can people be so horrible?

'February 17, the day of dead men.' 

Baggage is a fast paced, suspenseful story that kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me turning the pages. There were twists and turns I was not expecting. I loved it!!

'I guess when you hear my backstory, bloody thoughts come to mind.'

What a great story and now I'm off to check out other books by this author!

About the author

S.G. Redling

S.G. Redling, a graduate of Georgetown University, has spent fifteen years waking up the good folks of Huntington WV and its environs on the WKEE-FM morning radio show. She recently wound up her headphones for the last time and is focusing on thrillers, mysteries and urban fantasy. When S.G. isn't writing (don't tell Christine Witthohn!) she loves to paint, travel and embarrass herself by speaking wretched Italian.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Wondrous Kite by Julia Sandberg and Jason Sandberg, a Guest Post and a Giveaway!


The Wondrous Kite

The Wondrous Kite by Julia Sandberg, Jason Sandberg
Series: Jason Sandberg eBooks 99 Cent Short Story Book 3
Kindle Edition, 6 pages
Published December 6th 2015 by Jason Sandberg eBooks

What would it be like to be a carefree kite? This rhyming picture book imagines the world as seen by "The Wondrous Kite". Perfect as a bedtime story, this book also serves as an introduction to the pet dinosaurs, pixie wings, and resourceful heroines that populate Jason Sandberg's eBooks.

My thoughts about The Wondrous Kite ~~

It's kind of hard to write up a review for a book that is only 6 pages long but I will say that Jason has created another amazing book that will surely become a favorite of young readers. The text of the story, written as a poem by Jason's young daughter, makes the perfect springboard for the beautiful illustrations, drawn by Jason. This is a quick, fun read that children will want read to them over and over again.


Welcome to The Book Bag today, Jason! I understand that you and your daughter collaborated on this book. That is really awesome and I can just imagine that there will be more collaborations in the future. I'll bet this is pretty exciting for her. How old is your daughter and how did this all come about?

I'm 44 and Julia is 12. Following a poetry module in school, she went above & beyond and compiled a collection of original poems. When she showed me her book I was impressed, between each cute poem she'd created an ongoing interstitial narrative. I picked the kite poem as an opportunity to try some new techniques in PhotoShop, it would work as a self-contained short picture book.

About the author

“I’m a Fine Artist who also wants to produce the ‘missing books’ from my childhood, the books I wished I’d had.”

Jason Sandberg, born in Minneapolis in 1971, acquired a love of drawing after discovering the artwork of Jacob Kurtzberg. His paintings have been exhibited in Minneapolis and Manhattan. Art Historian Scott McCloud classified his work as “uncategorizable.”

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10 e-book copies of The Wondrous Kite.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Release Day!! Heart Conditions (The Breakup Doctor #3) by Phoebe Fox and a Giveaway!

Happy Release Day!! 


Heart Conditions

Heart Conditions by Phoebe Fox
Series: The Breakup Doctor #3
Paperback and e-book, 278 pages
Published: February 9th 2016 by Henery Press

Breakup Doctor Brook Ogden has spent the last year sifting through the fallout from the disastrous decision that led to her unconscious uncoupling with boyfriend Ben Garrett. Despite advising her clients you can’t be friends with an ex, she and Ben have somehow begun to stitch together a friendship—one Brook hopes is slowly turning into more. That is, until Ben introduces his new girlfriend, Perfect Pamela, a paragon of womanly virtues who is everything Brook is not.

While Brook navigates her newly volatile emotional life, an unwelcome surprise shows up on her doorstep: the ex-fiancĂ© who broke her heart two years ago—one month before their wedding. Between her ex’s desire to rekindle their attachment, her best friend Sasha’s unexpected crisis, and her own unsquelchable feelings for Ben, Brook finds herself questioning the personal progress she’s made in the last two years—and threatened with the highest-stakes Breakup Doctor failures she’s ever faced.

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About the author

Phoebe Fox

Phoebe Fox has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications--currently for the Huffington Post as a relationship writer. She's been a movie, theater, and book reviewer; a screenwriter; and has even been known to help with homework revisions for nieces and nephews. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs.

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Release Day! Journey to Death by Leigh Russell

Happy Release Day!!

Journey to Death

Journey to Death by Leigh Russell
Print and e-book, 304 pages
Published: February 9th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer

Lucy Hall arrives in the Seychelles determined to leave her worries behind. The tropical paradise looks sun-soaked and picture-perfect—but as Lucy soon discovers, appearances can be very deceptive. A deadly secret lurks in the island’s history, buried deep but not forgotten. And it is about to come to light. As black clouds begin to gather over what promised to be a relaxing family break,

Lucy realizes that her father stands in the eye of the coming storm. A shadow from his past is threatening to destroy all that he holds dear—including the lives of his loved ones. A dark truth is about to explode into their lives, and that truth is going to hit them right between the eyes.

About the author

Leigh Russell is the author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson crime series. She studied at the University of Kent, gaining a master’s degree in English. She has a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties from the British Dyslexia Association, and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. For many years she taught English at secondary school, specialising in supporting pupils with specific learning difficulties. 

She is married, has two daughters, and lives in north-west London. In addition to writing, she guest-lectures for the Society of Authors, universities and colleges, and runs regular creative writing courses for the prestigious Writers Lab in the UK and Greece. She also runs the manuscript assessment service for the CWA.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? February 8, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's an opportunity to visit other blogs and to comment on their reads. And ... you can add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

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What I'm currently reading/listening to
by S. G. Redling
So good!
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

What I recently finished
Killer Pursuit
by Jeff Gunhus
Intense! My thoughts will be posted soon.

What I am going to read next

I'm not sure what I am going to read next. I'll have to browse my bookshelves and/or my Kindle. I love when I can do that! I can't wait to see what I pick!

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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