Monday, June 29, 2015

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? June 29, 2015


Hello! Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This weekly meme, hosted by Book Journey, is where we share what we have read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week. It’s a great way to see what others are reading and to discover books to add to your own To Be Read list. You never know where that next great read may come from!

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What I'm currently reading/listening to

The Lives Between Us
by Theresa Rizzo 
I love Theresa's stories. 

Optical Delusions in Deadwood (Deadwood #2)
by Ann Charles
Loving this series! And I am hoping to see the author this fall, where else..... in Deadwood! 

What I recently finished reading

As Night Falls
by Jenny Milchman
What a suspenseful story. My thoughts will be posted later this week.


Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline
Wonderful book. We had a great discussion at book club.

What I am going to read next

Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)
by Rachel Caine 

I love my reading world!
What's going on in your reading world this week?


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Book Spotlight Giveaway! Things You Won't Say by Sarah Pekkanen


I have sooooo many books! I have a ton of print books and probably even more e-books. The Book Spotlight feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the books I have. There are a lot of different reasons that I might be letting some of my books go, the biggest one is that when we moved I discovered how many books I really do have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy them.

The book that I am featuring this week is an ARC that I received and reviewed. My thoughts are here. This was the first one of Sarah's books that I have read and I am definitely going to be reading more. It's time to pass this one on to someone else.   

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

Things You Won't Say


Things You Won't Say by Sarah Pekkanen 
Paperback, 352 pages
Published: May 26th 2015 by Washington Square Press 

In this timely and provocative novel, internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen takes us inside a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting.

How far would you go to save your family?

Every morning, as her husband Mike straps on his SIG Sauer and pulls on his heavy Magnum boots, Jamie Anderson tenses up. Then comes the call she has always dreaded: There's been a shooting at police headquarters. Mike isn't hurt, but his long-time partner is grievously injured. As weeks pass and her husband's insomnia and disconnectedness mount, Jamie realizes he is an invisible casualty of the attack. Then the phone rings again. Another shooting but this time Mike has pulled the trigger.

But the shooting does more than just alter Jamie's world. It's about to change everything for two other women. Christie Simmons, Mike's flamboyant ex, sees the tragedy as an opportunity for a second chance with Mike. And Jamie's younger sister, Lou, must face her own losses to help the big sister who raised her. As the press descends and public cries of police brutality swell, Jamie tries desperately to hold together her family, no matter what it takes.

In her characteristic exploration of true-to-life relationships, Sarah Pekkanen has written a complex, compelling, and openhearted novel her best yet. 


About the author


"Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin will strongly appreciate this rising star in women's fiction." - Library Journal.

Internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen's newest book is Things You Won't Say (May 2015, Atria/Simon & Schuster). She is also the author of Catching AirThe Best of UsThe Opposite of MeSkipping a Beat, and These Girls. Sarah's linked free short estories, published by Simon & Schuster exclusively for ereaders, are titled "All is Bright," and "Love, Accidentally." The third story in the series is just 99 cents and is titled "Beginning Again." 

Sarah is the mother of three young boys, which explains why she writes part of her novels at Chuck E. Cheese. 

Sarah penned her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, at the age of 10. When publishers failed to jump upon this literary masterpiece (hey, all the poems rhymed!) Sarah followed up by sending them a sternly-worded letter on Raggedy Ann stationery. Sarah still has that letter, and carries it to New York every time she has meetings with her publisher, as a reminder that dreams do come true. At least some dreams - Brad Pitt has yet to show up on her doorstep wearing nothing but a toolbelt and asking if she needs anything fixed. So maybe it's only G-rated dreams that come true. 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase


The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
Print and e-book, 352 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Ballantine Books

Perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, this bright, funny debut from a fresh voice in fiction offers a delicious take on love, family, and what it means to build a home of one’s own.

Sarina Mahler thinks she has her life all nailed down: a growing architecture practice in Austin, Texas, and an any-day-now proposal from her loving boyfriend, Noah. She’s well on her way to having the family she’s hoped for since her mother’s death ten years ago. But with Noah on a temporary assignment abroad and retired Olympic swimmer — and former flame — Eamon Roy back in town asking her to renovate his new fixer-upper, Sarina’s life takes an unexpected turn.

Eamon proves to be Sarina’s dream client, someone who instinctively trusts every one of her choices — and Sarina is reminded of all the reasons she was first drawn to him back in the day. Suddenly her carefully planned future with Noah seems a little less than perfect. And when tragedy strikes, Sarina is left reeling. With her world completely upended, she is forced to question what she truly wants in life — and in love.

Full of both humor and heartbreak, The One That Got Away is the story of one woman’s discovery that, sometimes, life is what happens when you leave the blueprints behind.


My thoughts about The One That Got Away ~~

The One That Got Away is an entertaining, emotional read. Sarina has it all, a great job and a devoted boyfriend. When a guy from her past comes back into her life, she realizes that her relationship with her boyfriend just may be missing the passion that true love is supposed to be all about. She struggles with what she wants and what should be the "right thing" to do.

I loved all the different relationships in the story and the author does a great job of making those all believable. First up is the relationship between Sarina and Eamon, pretty intense let me tell you, but what a thoughtful, great guy Eamon is. Then there's Sarina's roommate, Danny. He's a hoot and calls it like he sees it. Sarina and Noah - nice guy but seems rather spoiled to me. I think the one that pulled on my heartstrings the most was Sarina and John, her stepfather. They really had a wonderful relationship and that is the one that got pretty emotional for me. I love it when an author can pull me into a story so much that I become emotionally involved with the characters and what they are going through.

The One That Got Away is Bethany's debut novel and she definitely has a hit on her hands. I am excited to see what else she has up her sleeve. Great job, Bethany!

About the author


I'm a women's fiction author, interior designer, and eternally hopeful A-cup. My debut novel, The One That Got Away, was published in March 2015. 

“A warm, witty, and wise novel, The One That Got Away announces the arrival of a great new voice in fiction.” — Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The One and Only.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kick-Start Your Summer With These 10 FREE Must-Reads!


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I was falling, emotions first, in The Raven’s trap. And I didn’t try to stop myself.

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Is a future together worth drudging up their past?

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Make it Last is a second-chance love story about two people trying to find their way in life, and the friends that always support them.

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Together the two learn there are moments in life that hold within them all the power to break you...

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Duality Bridge by Susan Kaye Quinn, an Excerpt, and a Giveaway!

Today is the cover reveal for 
The Duality Bridge 
by Susan Kaye Quinn

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The Duality Bridge (Singularity #2) 
by Susan Kaye Quinn

Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: late summer 2015


First book in the series:

The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)

The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)
by Susan Kaye Quinn

Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: March 2, 2015

What would you give to live forever?

Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and creates great art, Eli miraculously lands a sponsor for the creative Olympics. If he could just master the fugue, he could take the gold and win the right to ascend, bringing everything he’s yearned for within reach… including his beautiful ascender patron. But once Eli arrives at the Games, he finds the ascenders are playing games of their own. Everything he knows about the ascenders and the legacies they keep starts to unravel… until he’s running for his life and wondering who he truly is.

When immortality is the prize, winning the Game is all that matters.

The Legacy Human is the first in Susan Kaye Quinn’s new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.


Except from The Legacy Human

Chapter One

I want to ascend so badly, I can taste it.

It’s bitter and metallic, like the acrylic paint spread before me. It’s beautiful and beckoning and untouchable, like the shimmering rose skin of my patron, Lenora, who hovers over my work, tasting it in her own way. Her fingertips barely graze the paint, sensing its color and texture and scent in a way that is utterly inhuman.

Because she’s not human. Not anymore. She’s ascended—vastly more intelligent, compassionate, and enlightened than any human could be without the procedure. I’m just one of those remnants of humanity the ascenders left behind long ago.

Lenora leans in toward the painting in that sudden kind of motion ascenders sometimes have. Her cascade of red curls brushes my cheek… and raises goose bumps on my arms.

I hold absolutely still.

This is the closest she’ll come to touching me. Anything more would be… wrong. Ascenders and legacy humans don’t do that sort of thing, at least not legally. I tell myself the instant full-body alert is just because I’m a seventeen-year-old guy who’s definitely straight—anything vaguely female would get this response—but it doesn’t help that Lenora’s body is pure fantasy. Sculpted cheeks. Curves that irresistibly draw my gaze. Lips that beg for me to draw each perfectly rounded part. The red curls have to be synthetic—ascenders don’t have hair—but their softness still heats my cheek. There’s plenty to desire in the bodyform she’s wearing now, but lust is a pale reflection of the thick, complicated feelings I have for her.

Feelings no legacy should have. And no decent ascender would return.

It’s wrong to want her. Or really, just delusional. But my fingers ache with the need to touch her, just once. She’s close enough that I easily could.

If only ascendance were equally within reach.

Once again, I taste the bitter nearness and yet absolute unreachability… of her. Of ascending. Of everything that means anything at all.

Lenora leans back, her hair no longer touching me: it breaks the spell. “It’s lovely, Elijah.” She always uses my full name, just like my mother. Which is disturbing enough, but it also reminds me that Lenora was born long before any human now alive. “I like it. But you can do better.”

I fight hard to keep my disappointment from showing. Which is ridiculous because I need her to hate the painting—or at least dislike it enough that she’ll let me keep it. I won’t tell her I’m selling it, but black market medicines aren’t cheap, and those are the only kind my mother can get now. Yet I can’t help wanting Lenora to love my work anyway.

I search the delicate palette of her skin for some hint of what she truly feels. Her cheeks are currently the color of a white rose blushing pink, and tiny flashes of silver dart just below the surface, making them glisten. That means something, but learning to read Lenora’s emotional state is the kind of color study I could spend an eternity trying to master. I think the rose means she’s relaxed yet excited, but the silver flashes… I just don’t know.

“I was only messing around with some color,” I lie, swinging my gaze to the carefully blended shades of green in front of us. I went through a dozen canvases before I could capture the spectrum of the rainforest in just the right balance—good enough to be worth something on ArtNet, but not so good that she would want to keep it. But she’s right, of course. I can do better. A lot better. Fantastically, inspiringly better… only I can’t control when that creative madness strikes. It’s more like possession. I don’t remember it afterward, I just find the result smeared in front of me. Madness rendered in paint.

Most people would call that kind of black-out a mental problem, not a gift. But to Lenora, it’s the entire reason she became my patron two years ago.

“I’ll do better next time,” I say, knowing I can’t guarantee any such thing.



About the Author

Susan Kaye Quinn

Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the Singularity Series, the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology, the Telepath Chronicles, the AI Chronicles, and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment.

Former rocket scientist, now she invents mind powers, dabbles in steampunk, and dreams of the Singularity. Mostly she sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? June 22, 2015


Hello! Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This weekly meme, hosted by Book Journey, is where we share what we have read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week. It’s a great way to see what others are reading and to discover books to add to your own To Be Read list. You never know where that next great read may come from!

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What I'm currently reading/listening to

Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline
This is for my book club this week. I am pretty excited to be reading it.

Optical Delusions in Deadwood (Deadwood #2)
by Ann Charles
Loving this series! And I am hoping to see the author this fall, where else..... in Deadwood! 

What I recently finished reading

The One That Got Away
by Bethany Chase
Great read! My thoughts will be posted later this week.

The Orphan Master's Son
by Adam Johnson
Read this for book club. Intense but good. A lot to talk about.

Mama Cried
by Talia Haven
Interesting short story. Read my thoughts here.

Restore (Stories of Singularity #1)
by Susan Kaye Quinn 
Another short story by one of my must read authors. I love this series. Read my thoughts here

What I am going to read next

The Lives Between Us

by Theresa Rizzo 
Love Theresa's stories. I am excited to start this one! 

I love my reading world!
What's going on in your reading world this week?


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