Friday, September 12, 2014

Release Day: Pulled Within by Marni Mann


Pulled Within

Pulled Within by Marni Mann
Series: Bar Harbor #2
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Expected publication: September 12th 2014 by Booktrope Editions

Storms can't last forever…can they?

For five long years, Rae Ryan has lived in a storm over which she has no control. Little by little, everything has been taken away from her—her job, her relationship, her best friend and her home. Plagued by nightmares and a terrible family secret, she carries her scars as much on the inside as she does on the outside.

Hart Booker, another disappointment from her past, returns to Bar Harbor and shelters her from the rain. He reminds Rae that forgiveness is possible, happiness can be found on the other side of darkness, and beauty rests beneath her scars. But a sinister figure lingering in the background seems determined to pull Rae back into a past she’s been trying to outrun. Can she survive the storm and become part of the light she so desperately desires? Or is she destined to remain Pulled Within?

Recommended for mature audiences due to explicit language, sexual abuse, disturbing situations, and drug use.

My thoughts about Pulled Within ~~
(originally posted September 5th)

I loved book #1 of this series and I was very happy to be able to go back to Bar Harbor and the people I met there. Pulled Within contains some of the characters that we came to know in Pulled Beneath but they are side characters in this second book. This story centers around Rae, who is struggling with her own personal demons and has had a very tough life.

I enjoyed this story just as much as the previous one in the series but this one has a much edgier feel to it. Rae's life the past five years has been pretty rough. She 's a good friend and provides support to her best friend after he checks himself into rehab, even ad she struggles with problems and drug issues herself. Shhe just wants to forget the trauma of her past.

This series shows us two completely different view points of people living in the same community. There are those who seem to have it all and everything comes fairly easy to them. Then there are those, like Rae, who can never seem to get a break and have a really tough time getting by day to day.

And then there's, Hart, the love of her young life, who hows up in town again after disappearing without a word years ago. The chemistry is still there but can she ever forgive him? And does she even want to? Or is he there to help her heal?

Pulled Beneath 
Bar Harbor #1


I read Pulled Beneath (Bar Harbor #1) and loved it. The story and characters completely captivated me. My thoughts are here, originally posted May 2014.

About the author


Best-selling Author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion.

A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she's not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she's scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.

Connect with Marni


And coming soon!!

My 1000th post 
HUGE GIVEAWAY
Celebration!!


Watch for it!


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Post #1000! That Calls for a Celebration!!


This is The Book Bag's 1000th post!!! 

I started this little ol' blog back in 2009 as a work project. When that project was completed, I was wondering what I could do this blog thingy that I had created. Well, I decided to use it as a way to keep track of the books I read and I'd add a little note about what I thought about each book. I really didn't think anyone would ever look at my posts and I had no idea it would become what it is today. Over these last 5 years, I have read some great books and have met some amazing authors. 

As this post goes live on Sunday, hubby and I are just starting our week long Alaskan cruise. Taking a cruise has been one of the things on my bucket list and it is finally happening! I am super excited!! I have not ever heard anyone say anything negative about their experiences in Alaska. I just know it is going to be awesome!


I had great plans to make this 1000th post the biggest and best giveaway EVER! But alas, life got in the way and I ran out of time to get it organized like I wanted. I have 24 awesome authors who have contributed over 50 items for my 1000th post giveaway. Thank you all so very much!!

I didn't want to throw that giveaway post together just to get it up. I want to make it the best post and the best giveaway ever. So, you're just going to have to wait until we get back so I can do it up right. We are not going to have Wi-Fi on the ship. (yikes!) But believe me, it will totally be worth the wait! 

That being said, I do want to celebrate my 1000th post milestone today by holding my own personal giveaway here while I am away. I'll keep this giveaway up while I'm gone. And then, you need to make sure to watch for the huge giveaway after I get my land legs back. 


And if you are an author or are involved in the book world and would like to get in on my celebration giveaway, it's not too late. Contact me and I'll get in touch after we land. 



Coming soon! 

My 1000th post 
HUGE GIVEAWAY
Celebration!!


Watch for it! 


Be sure to check the sidebar for my current giveaways!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pulled Within by Marni Mann


Pulled Within

Pulled Within by Marni Mann
Series: Bar Harbor #2
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Expected publication: September 12th 2014 by Booktrope Editions

Storms can't last forever…can they?

For five long years, Rae Ryan has lived in a storm over which she has no control. Little by little, everything has been taken away from her—her job, her relationship, her best friend and her home. Plagued by nightmares and a terrible family secret, she carries her scars as much on the inside as she does on the outside.

Hart Booker, another disappointment from her past, returns to Bar Harbor and shelters her from the rain. He reminds Rae that forgiveness is possible, happiness can be found on the other side of darkness, and beauty rests beneath her scars. But a sinister figure lingering in the background seems determined to pull Rae back into a past she’s been trying to outrun. Can she survive the storm and become part of the light she so desperately desires? Or is she destined to remain Pulled Within?

Recommended for mature audiences due to explicit language, sexual abuse, disturbing situations, and drug use.

My thoughts about Pulled Within ~~ 

I loved book #1 of this series and I was very happy to be able to go back to Bar Harbor and the people I met there. Pulled Within contains some of the characters that we came to know in Pulled Beneath but they are side characters in this second book. This story centers around Rae, who is struggling with her own personal demons and has had a very tough life.

I enjoyed this story just as much as the previous one in the series but this one has a much edgier feel to it. Rae's life the past five years has been pretty rough. She 's a good friend and provides support to her best friend after he checks himself into rehab, even ad she struggles with problems and drug issues herself. Shhe just wants to forget the trauma of her past.

This series shows us two completely different view points of people living in the same community. There are those who seem to have it all and everything comes fairly easy to them. Then there are those, like Rae, who can never seem to get a break and have a really tough time getting by day to day.

And then there's, Hart, the love of her young life, who hows up in town again after disappearing without a word years ago. The chemistry is still there but can she ever forgive him? And does she even want to? Or is he there to help her heal?

Pulled Beneath 
Bar Harbor #1


I read Pulled Beneath (Bar Harbor #1) and loved it. The story and the characters completely captivated me. My thoughts are here, originally posted May 2014.

About the author


Best-selling Author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion.

A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she's not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she's scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.

Connect with Marni


Coming soon! 

My 1000th post 
HUGE GIVEAWAY
Celebration!!


Watch for it! 


Be sure to check the sidebar for my current giveaways!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WWW Wednesdays September 3, 2014


WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Clicking on the book covers will take you to Goodreads for more information about the books listed below.

What are you currently reading?

  Pulled Within by Marni Mann
Bar Harbor #2
I read Pulled Beneath (book #1) and loved it. This one is just as good. My thoughts will be posted in the next few days.


Duma Key by Stephen King (audio-book)

What did you recently finish reading?

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer
Loved it! What a great debut novel. My thoughts are here

What do you think you will read next?

 I am not sure what I will be reading next. I have blocked off my review calendar so I have no committments for a few week. Hubby and I are leaving for an Alaskan cruise on Saturday and I will be loading my Kindle with all the books that I have been wanting to read. So I guess it will just be whatever I am in the mood for, for the next week or so. Happy reading! And happy crusing!

What's on your WWW this week?

Leave me a comment and
I'll stop by to check out your reads.

And coming soon!!

My 1000th post 
HUGE GIVEAWAY
Celebration!!


Watch for it! 


Be sure to check the sidebar for my current giveaways!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer


Five Days Left

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Putnam Adult

"A beautifully drawn study of what is at risk when you lose control of your own life.  Unique, gripping, and viscerally moving -- this impressive debut novel heralds the arrival of an extremely talented writer." —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and Lone Wolf

Destined to be a book club favorite, a heart-wrenching debut about two people who must decide how much they’re willing to sacrifice for love.

Mara Nichols, a successful lawyer, and devoted wife and adoptive mother, has recently been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most. Through their stories, Julie Lawson Timmer explores the individual limits of human endurance, the power of relationships, and that sometimes loving someone means holding on, and sometimes it means letting go.



My thoughts about Five Days Left ~~

I just finished reading Five Days Left. Wow, what an emotional ride that was! The story centers on two main characters, Mara and Scott and is told from their alternating points of view. They come to know each other through an online forum but what they are going though is so much different from what the other one is dealing with. They are there for the support, even if sometimes they aren't completely truthful about what is going on.

Mara has been diganosed with a terminal disease and she is experiencing all kinds of emotions as her family watches her struggle as her disease progress. She starts to think that maybe they would be better off without her. And Scott takes in a little boy for a year while the boy's mom is in jail. Soon that year will be up and can he say goodbye? It's going to break both of their hearts.

Like I said, this story is so emotional and I found myself going from happy to sad in a blink of an eye. Somedays were good days and somedays were bad days. Both characters become very real to me and as they were struggling with their thoughts and feelings, so was I. I have to admit, I had to get the tissues out. I love it when stories and characters become so real to me that I feel their pain as well as their hapiness.

Five Days Left is Juie's first novel and it was an amazing debut. I am excited to see what other stories she has for us.

About the author


Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Stratford, Ontario, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband Dan, their four teenaged children and two badly-behaved labs. By day, she works as in-house legal counsel. By night, she is a writer, mom and stepmom, dreadful cook and fledgling CrossFitter.

FIVE DAYS LEFT is her first novel.

Connect with Julie

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HUGE GIVEAWAY!!


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Haunted by Kay Hooper


Haunted

Haunted by Kay Hooper
Series: Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #15
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Berkley Hardcover

How do you make peace with the dead if the dead aren’t ready to forgive? In New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper’s new novel, the answer lies in the twisting shadows of a small town, and its secrets yet unearthed...

When Deacon James’s younger sister Melanie calls him, terrified, he goes to her aid in the small Georgia town of Sociable. What he finds is a scared young woman in the grip of what she insists is a paranormal nightmare—and murder. Two local men have been killed under mysterious circumstances. And Melanie is the prime suspect.

Trinity Nichols left a high-stress job for quiet, small-town life. But news of the murders has left her—and the town—on edge, especially when there is nothing remotely ordinary about how the men died. And her investigation is yielding more than she bargained for, including a group of strangers who have descended on Sociable, some with abilities Trinity finds hard to believe, and agendas she refuses to trust. For some reason, they know a lot more than they should about what’s happening in town. And what’s happening is growing stranger by the minute.

Now Trinity, Deacon, and this odd band of FBI agents must work together to solve a series of disturbances so incredible that Trinity, and the town of Sociable, will be changed forever. She just isn’t certain who—or what—will be left standing when it’s all over.


My thoughts about Haunted ~~ 

Okay, I have been reading for a long, long time. And I basically read all kinds of books. And I have worked in libraries for, well let's just say, a lot of years. How have I never read a book by Kay Hooper? How have I never read any of the other 14 books in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series? This is book #15, folks! How could I have missed this great series? I have a lot of catching up to do. But I am looking forward to it!

I was hooked from the prologue, where we are dropped into the mind of a horrible person. A man who sees blood on his face and knows he has done something bad, really bad, but doesn't remember what he did. And then we are in a nice little town, a town called Sociable (doesn't that just sound friendly?) with nice people, where hardly anything happens, and the local officers don't see much crime. Well, that is all about to change.

Even though this was book #15, I truly enjoyed the story and I didn't feel like I was missing something. The author does a great job of making this story flow and be understandable. If nothing else, the references to the other books just made me want to go back and start with book #1 and read them all so that I can enjoy the fullness of the series.

About the author


Kay Hooper was born in California, in an air force base hospital since her father was stationed there at the time. The family moved back to North Carolina shortly afterward, so she was raised and went to school there. 

The oldest of three children, Kay has a brother two years younger and a sister seven years younger. Her father and brother are builders who own a highly respected construction company, and her mother worked for many years in personnel management before becoming Kay's personal assistant, a position she held until her untimely death in March 2002. Kay's sister Linda works as her Business Manager, Events Coordinator, and is playing a major role in the creation and operation of The Kay Hooper Foundation.

Kay graduated from East Rutherford High School and attended Isothermal Community College — where she quickly discovered that business classes did not in any way enthrall her. Switching to more involving courses such as history and literature, she also began to concentrate on writing, which had been a longtime interest. Very quickly hooked, she asked for a Christmas typewriter and began seriously working on her first novel. That book, a Regency romance titled Lady Thief, sold to Dell Publishing in 1980. She has since published more than 60 novels and four novellas. 

Kay is single and lives in a very small town in North Carolina, not far from her father and siblings. Deigning to live with her are a flock of cats — Bonnie, Ginger, Oscar, Tuffy, Felix, Renny, and Isabel — of various personalities who all like sleeping on manuscripts and whatever research happens to be spread across Kay's desk. And living amongst the many felines are two cheerfully tolerant dogs, a shelter rescue, Bandit, who looks rather like a small sheepdog, and a Sheltie named Lizzie.

Kay Robbins is a pseudonym used by her.

Connect with Kay 


And coming soon!!

My 1000th post 
HUGE GIVEAWAY!!


Watch for it! 


Be sure to check the sidebar for my current giveaways!

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