Saturday, January 21, 2017

Book Spotlight Giveaway! The Final Judgment by Richard North Patterson


I have sooooo many books! The Book Spotlight Giveaway feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy these treasures. And sometimes, I find great books on Amazon that I just love to share with you, as well.

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I am not sure when or where I got this book. I seem to have had it for quite awhile and obviously I am not getting it read. It's time to pass it on. I know one of you will enjoy it! 

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

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The Final Judgment

The Final Judgment by Richard North Patterson
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published November 15th 1995 by Alfred A. Knopf

A young man has been murdered. His girlfriend, twenty-two-year-old Brett Allen, is found at the scene of the crime. She claims she is innocent—even though she's dripping in blood, the murder weapon covered with her fingerprints. Enter attorney Caroline Masters, Brett's estranged aunt. She's been summoned back to her affluent New England hometown to help Brett out of this mess…and revisit the troubled family she left behind.

Caroline learned a long time ago that the ties that bind can also be broken. Now that she's back home, she can't help but doubt her family's motives—and Brett's innocence. As the trial heats up, Caroline finds herself up against those who would kill to keep dark secrets hidden…and the state prosecutor, who happens to be her former lover and will do anything to expose the truth. Now, with her family's fate—and her own reputation—hanging in the balance, Caroline must assume the role of a lifetime as she fights to save her niece. Or destroy them both…


About the author

Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson is the author of In The Name Of Honor, Eclipse, The Spire, Exile, The Race, Degree Of Guilt, Eyes Of A Child, Silent Witness, and many other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor, the assistant attorney general for the state of Ohio, and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. In 1993, he retired from his law practice to devote himself to writing.

His first novel, The Lasko Tangent, was the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel in 1980. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and is a recipient of their President's Award for Distinguished Alumni. He lives in Martha's Vineyard, San Francisco, and Cabo San Lucas with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Spotlight: Kill't Dead or Worse by R.W. Hacker, FREE, and a Giveaway!

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Kill't Dead or Worse

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Kill't Dead, or Worse: Sex, Murder, & Toxic Waste: Nowhere Else But Texas by R W Hacker
Paperback
Published December 12th 2016 by LifeJazz Media

After a murdered partner, a cheating wife and a lost job in Houston, Nick Sibelius sets up a private investigation business in a small Texas town hoping to find some peace and maybe, himself. When two lovers disappear and a fisherman turns up dead, he finds himself drawn into a web of crime and deceit involving MaryLou, a beautiful woman with a mysterious past; Junior, a failed farmer whose best intentions seem to always result in a dead body; and Barry, a sociopathic dentist turned illegal toxic waste entrepreneur with a violent right wing agenda.

When the felon who killed Nick’s partner in Houston joins forces with Barry, Nick must not only stop the toxic waste dumping while finding his client’s missing daughter, but keep from being killed in the process. In the end, MaryLou’s dark secret will either save him or kill him -- whichever comes first.



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About the author

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Richard Hacker has been writing most of his life, and professionally, in support of his work in management consulting, public speaking and training in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. In 2009 he moved, along with his wife, from Austin to Seattle, shifting his professional focus from business consulting to writing fiction full time. Wanted by authorities for smuggling Texas BBQ across state lines, he now writes and lives in Seattle.

His writing has been recognized by the Writer's League of Texas and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. As a judge in literary contests such as PNWA and ChicLit, he enjoys the opportunity to give writers honest critique to move their craft forward. In addition, he is the science fiction and fantasy editor for the Del Sol Review, an online literary magazine.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Release Day: Tangle of Strings by Ashley Farley ~ My Thoughts

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Tangle of Strings

Tangle of Strings by Ashley Farley
Series: Sweeney Sisters #4
Print and e-book, 200 pages
Published: January 18th 2017

A nearly tragic accident leads to a discovery that rocks the Sweeney family’s world

Some families never resolve conflicts. Not so with the Sweeneys. Their sense of family, their love for one another, and their willingness to forgive have always triumphed and brought them back together. Until now. The latest crisis threatens to tear the family apart and crumble the foundation that has always proved itself rock solid.

At the heart of the matter are sixteen-year-old Annie Bethune and her boyfriend, Cooper. At stake are their dreams for the future. As to these dreams, no one in the family holds back when asserting an opinion.

Annie soon begins to feel like a puppet on strings with all those she loves telling her what to do. When those strings become tangled and a family feud develops, Annie, unable to bear the pressure, runs away. Straight into the arms of danger.


(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Annie checked the clock on the dashboard . She had eight minutes to change into her work clothes, grab a snack, and still be on time for her after-school job at Captain Sweeney's Seafood Market."

I love these characters and this family so much. As soon as I start reading, I am immediately transported back into their world. The Sweeney Sisters series is wonderful set of stories about an interesting family going through some good times as well as some trying times.  

Tangle of Strings is mainly Annie's story, a young woman who came along as a stranger but immediately fit right in and was accepted by the Sweeney family. But then life becomes complicated for Annie and everyone tries to tell her how she should live her life. She has some hard decisions to make and her loved ones are pulling her in all sorts of directions. 

This is an emotional story that put me through the ups and downs of life but left me feeling quite satisfied. I have loved each book in this series and with each new book, I found myself becoming closer to each family member, making me feel like I had become part of the family. I really hope there is more to come in this wonderful Sweeney saga.

I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it.

Read my thoughts about the other books in the Sweeney Sisters this series.

Her Sister's Shoes (#1)
Lowcountry Stranger (#2)
Boots and Bedlam (#3)

About the Author


Ashley Farley grew up in the salty marshes of South Carolina, but she now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two young adult children.

Ashley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues.

Set in the South Carolina Lowcountry and packed with Southern charm and memorable characters, the SWEENEY SISTERS SERIES chronicles the lives of three sisters—Samantha, Jackie, and Faith—who struggle to balance the demands of career and family while remaining true to themselves.

Scottie Darden, a thirty-year-old photojournalist from Richmond, Virginia, makes impulsive decisions that lead her to trouble in the ADVENTURES OF SCOTTIE series.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Awakening by Susan Kaye Quinn ~ My Thoughts

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Awakening

Awakening by Susan Kaye Quinn
Series: Stories of Singularity #5
ebook, 54 pages
Published January 2nd 2017

Sister Amara prays she won’t be the last of the twelve sisters to reach her awakening—after all, the salvation of their Masters depends on them. But with the interrogations growing more deadly, being last may be best... especially when you’ve been created to touch the face of God.

Awakening is a standalone novella that provides a glimpse into a dark corner of the Singularity novel series.

The Stories of Singularity can be read independently from the Singularity novel series.

READING ORDER 
Singularity Series
The Legacy Human (Book 1) 
The Duality Bridge (Book 2) 
The Stories of Singularity #1-4 (Novella Box Set) 
The Illusory Prophet (Book 3)

Stories of Singularity (novellas)
Restore (Story 1)
Containment (Story 2)
Defiance (Story 3)
Augment (Story 4)
Awakening (Story 5)


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My thoughts about Awakening ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"I dream of the day when I'm the only sister left. Then I pray it never comes."

This whole Singularity series that Susan Kaye Quinn has written has taken me down the path of a genre I typically don't read—science fiction. But I am a huge fan of hers so I just had to read the first one and I have been hooked on this series ever since.

I think Awakening is probably my favorite Singularity story so far. I loved the character of Sister Amara, most of all her strength and her compassion for the other sisters. Along with the great characters, there is a lot of action packed into this novella. It's a quick read that will leave you wanting more!  

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About the author 


Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from young adult science fiction to adult future-noir, with side trips into steampunk and middle grade fantasy. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German, and featured in several anthologies.

She writes full-time from Chicago, inventing mind powers and dreaming of the Singularity.

Chat with her about our coming robot overlords on Facebook.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? January 16, 2017


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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Well, we finally celebrated Christmas with the kids and grandkiddos last weekend. People might think we are crazy to wait but it takes away a lot of the hassle and stress of trying to get everything done by December 22nd. We always travel over Christmas and this later date allows us all to recuperate and be relaxed for our celebration. 

It's always so much fun and now with the addition of the new grandbaby, there are 18 of us. I love it that we can all get together and have a wonderful day. And I love watching my kids interact as adults now, it makes all those growing up years so worth it. 

As I am getting this post ready on Sunday, it is snowing lightly. Big flakes, coming down very softly - it looks and feels like I am in a snowglobe. It is so pretty. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a great week. Happy reading!

What I'm currently reading/listening to

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Always: A Novel
by Sarah Jio
I love Sarah's stories. I just started this one and I can't wait to get lost in it.

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Runes (Runes #1)
by Ednah Walters 
(audio-book)
I've had this book for a while and thought I would finally give it a listen. I'm not very far into it but I'm enjoying it so far.

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Spinning the Moon
by Karen White
(audio-book)

What I recently finished

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Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng
This is our book club read for later this week. I am actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. That's one of the nice things about my book clubs, I am exposed to books I normally would not have read. Have you read this one?

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Pie Girls
by Lauren Clark
(audio-book)
Love this author and this book was a great listen! 

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Awakening (Stories of Singularity #5)
by Susan Kaye Quinn
Another fav author and I love this series!

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Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline 
Amazing story! You can read my thoughts here

What I am going to read next

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The Queen's Man (Justin de Quincy #1)
by Sharon Kay Penman
This is another book club pick. It is totally not my usual reading material. I hope I like it. 😕

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson and a Giveaway!

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The Rise of Miss Notley 
by Rachael Anderson

To escape an undesirable match, Miss Notley must give up her riches for rags.

When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow.

The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced for the position, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?

The Rise of Miss Notley is the delightful tale of a mysterious gentleman and a determined young woman, caught together in a web so tangled it begs the question: Will they ever get out?

Coming February 2017

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Author Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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