Monday, March 31, 2014

Book Blast: Fortune Cookie by Josi S. Kilpack and a Giveaway!

Fortune Cookie

Fortune Cookie
A Culinary Mystery #11

Fortune Cookie by Josi S. Kilpack
Series: A Culinary Mystery #11
Paperback, 356 pages

Published March 4th 2014 by Shadow Mountain

Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list.

With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn't seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago.

Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder.

The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.


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About the author

Josi

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then.

She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.

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As I Am by Annalisa Grant


As I Am 

As I Am by Annalisa Grant
Published March 2014

“You’re not invisible. You’re invaluable.”

When Kinley Carmichael looks in the mirror, she doesn't see her blonde-haired, blue-eyed, size 4 twin sister. She sees her dark-haired, brown-eyed, size 12 self.

Kinley and her twin sister Addison are excited to start their second summer as counselors at The Camp at Lake Hollis. All Kinley wants is to earn enough money to meet up with her mother so they travel the world as professional photographers. All Addison wants is to work on her tan, seduce a boy, and build her fashion budget. And while Kinley and Addison couldn't be more opposite, nothing has ever stopped them from being the best of friends.

It’s an especially great summer for Kinley as the official camp photographer and Notre Dame Quarterback Cal Harper showing interest in her. But when poet Miller Conrad arrives and rejects Addison’s advances, showing more interest in Kinley, true colors will shine and the sisters’ bond will be tested.

As Kinley and Miller’s connection deepens, Kinley feels like she can truly be herself without the internal scrutiny she’s developed in the shadow of her sister. But when Kinley inadvertently uncovers a terrible secret at the camp, Miller is left facing the demons of his own reasons for coming to Lake Hollis.

What was supposed to be the greatest summer of Kinley's life turns out to be more life-changing than she ever imagined.


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tea & Primroses by Tess Thompson - $.99 Sale!!

I loved this story and 
it's on sale until April 5th 
for only $.99! 


Tea and Primroses by Tess Thompson 
Series: The Legley Bay Collection
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published February 16th 2014 by Booktrope

Nothing is as it seemed in calm, quaint Legley Bay.

Famous novelist, Constance (last name) lived a seemingly straightforward – if private – and somewhat predictable life. Friends, beloved daughter Sutton, a beautiful home, and all the success an author could wish for. A perfect life….but was it?

When a hit and run accident suddenly takes her mother’s life, Sutton finds hidden secrets with her heartbreak. Emotional walls she assumed Constance had built to protect her privacy may have been to protect something – or someone – else entirely. Family and friends return home for support, including her own lost-love, Declan. He’s the first thing she craves to help her cope with her loss and the questions she’s left with, but he’s also the last person she wants to see. Will he be able to put down roots at last?

Can the loss of true love be the making of a life or is it destined to be the undoing of everything? When money, power and love combine across time, anything is possible.


      

About the Author


Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2011 she released her first novel, Riversong, which subsequently became a best seller.

Like her main character in the River Valley collection, Tess is from a small town in Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella, and their puppy Patches. She is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.

Tess is working on her next novel and regularly blogs about her journey as a mother, author and friend at www.tesswrites.com.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Book Spotlight and a Giveaway! Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green

I found myself with 2 copies of this book so it must be one I really want to read. We are getting ready to move so I wonder how many more duplicates I will find. Whoops! 


Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend


Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green
Paperback, 453 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Sphere

Budo is Max's imaginary friend. But though only Max can see him, he is real. He and the other imaginary friends watch over their children until the day comes that the child stops imagining them. And then they're gone. Budo has lasted a lot longer than most imaginary friends - four years - because Max needs him more.

His parents argue about sending him to a special school. But Max is perfectly happy if everything is just kept the way it is, and nothing out of the ordinary happens. Unfortunately, something out of the ordinary is going to happen - and then he'll need Budo more than ever...


About the author


Matthew Dicks is the author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing and Unexpectedly, Milo and the rock opera The Clowns. He has published work in The Hartford Courant, The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and on the Washington Post-Los Angeles Time wire service. When not hunched over a computer screen, he fills his days as an elementary school teacher, a storyteller and public speaker, a blogger, a wedding DJ, a minister, a life coach and a Lord of Sealand. He is a former West Hartford Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

Matthew is a 10-time Moth StorySLAM champion and a Moth Mainstage performer whose stories have been featured on the Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast. He has also told stories for TED, The Story Collider, Literary Death Match, The Mouth and many others. He is the founder and producer of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization.

Matthew is married to friend and fellow teacher, Elysha, and they have two children, Clara and Charlie. He grew up in the small town of Blackstone, Massachusetts, where he made a name for himself by dying twice before the age of eighteen and becoming the first student in his high school to be suspended for inciting riot upon himself.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Book Blitz: Sunset Rising by S.M. McEachern, an Excerpt and a Giveaway!


Sunset Rising


Sunset Rising by S.M. McEachern 
(Sunset Rising #1) 
Publication date: November 12th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

February 2024: Desperate to find refuge from the nuclear storm, a group of civilians discover a secret government bio-dome. Greeted by a hail of bullets and told to turn back, the frantic refugees stand their ground and are grudgingly permitted entry. But the price of admission is high.

283 years later… Life as a slave in the Pit had never been easy, but for seventeen-year-old Sunny O’Donnell it was quickly careening out of control. Her mother was killed in the annual spring Cull, leaving her alone with a father who decided to give up on life.  It’s not that she blamed him for grieving, but if they didn't earn enough credits to keep their place inside the Pit, they would be kicked out into a world still teeming with radiation. That left her to earn the credits for both of them.  It didn't help that her boyfriend, Reyes Crowe, was pressuring her to get married and abandon her father.

Sunny didn't think life could get any worse, until she was forced upstairs to the Dome to serve and entertain the elite at a bachelor party. That's where she met Leisel Holt, the president's daughter, and her fiancĂ©, Jack Kenner. Now Sunny is wanted for treason. If they catch her, she'll be executed.  

She thought Leisel's betrayal was the end for her…but it turns out it was just the beginning. 

Sunset Rising is Book One of a series. 

   


Excerpt from Sunset Rising (Book One)
“Oh, Summer. If you weren't so picky, you could have been married by now. But whenever a boy is interested in you, you’re suddenly not interested in him. I think you like flirting more than actually having a boyfriend.”  
“That’s not true. I just haven’t met the right one yet.” 
“Though you do bring up a good point. You’re running out of time.” 
Summer could have had her pick of any boy in the Pit. A full head shorter than me, her small stature and delicate limbs gave her an elegant, feminine quality. I always felt large and clumsy next to her. 
“You know, we’re always talking about me,” Summer said. “How are you? How’s your dad?” 
She might regret asking that question, but I gave her an honest answer. “Dad lost his job yesterday because he didn't show up for work.” 
“Oh, Sunny. What are you going to do?”  
I heard sympathy in her voice, and exasperation, too. My father had always been a little self-destructive. My mother had done a fairly good job of protecting me from it, but without her, I was on my own with him. “I told Reyes last night I couldn't marry him until after the next Cull.” 
“You’re postponing? Again?” she asked. “That’s a bit drastic. I’m sure your father can get another job. He’s had a lot of experience in the mines.”  
“He’s barely been eating since Mom left, and now he’s too weak to get out of bed.” 
“But you've put your marriage on hold once before, and I can’t imagine Reyes is happy with postponing again. And you’re not getting any younger, Sunny. You’re almost eighteen. Aren't you afraid Reyes is going to get fed up with waiting and move on to someone else?” 
I had never thought about Reyes being with someone else. We had been together forever. And at our age, it was getting kind of late to go looking for a new partner. Of course he would wait for me. If I gave him enough time, he would eventually understand that my father needed me right now, and I couldn't leave him.  
But there was wisdom in her words. At seventeen, I was middle-aged, and that didn't bode well for getting approval to have a child. Population control in the Pit was getting stricter all the time. Reyes really wanted a child, but if I was being honest with myself, I didn't. I guessed that was why I didn't feel an urgent need to get married right away.

About the author


S.M. McEachern (also known as Susan) comes from the rocky shores of Canada’s East Coast.  As a resident of Halifax during her early adult years, she attended Dalhousie University and earned an Honors Degree in International Development Studies with a focus on ocean development.  Throughout her academic studies and early career, Susan had the privilege to work with many developing countries on resource management projects.  

Becoming an author has been a lifelong dream for Susan. Sunset Rising is her debut novel and the first of many she plans to write.   

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Cover Reveal: Discovery by Brina Courtney and a Giveaway!



Discoveries can be dangerous. Discoveries can be deadly.

Nine months ago, Teagan Matthews' boyfriend disappeared and took her sense of stability with him. But when the opportunity to live with her aging grandmother in Salem arises, she decides it's time to get on with her life. A new home, new job, and new friends are adding up to a beautiful summer...

...until a young girl's body shows up one night in town, wearing a pentagram necklace exactly like Teagan's.

Now a guy looking remarkably like her missing boyfriend has arrived in Salem along with a mysterious stranger who may have some answers that Teagan has desperately been searching for. Teagan must now decide who to trust. It's a matter of life... and her death.

This is the old cover of Discovery ....


Here is the new one ....


Isn't this new one just gorgeous!! 


About The Author


Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WWW Wednesdays March 26, 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?

Just Destiny by Theresa Rizzo
I read another one of Theresa's books and loved it. I am so excited to be able to read this one for it's tour. My stop on the tour will be April 7th. 

 A Perfect Fit by Heather Tullis (audio-book)
I like the story idea but not loving the narrator. Hopefully that will get better.

Texasville (The Last Pictureshow #2) by Larry McMurtry 
Hubby is a huge McMurtry fan and is always trying to convince me to read one of his books. So .... to keep the peace, I am reading this one.  

What did you recently finish reading?

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Book club selection ~ discussion is tomorrow. I thought it was good, not great. 

Under the Dome by Stephen King
Finally done! Another great (and long) story from the master! The book is 1074 pages and the audio-book is almost 35 hours long. It took me 3 months to listen to this in my car.

Imperfectly Beautiful by Diony George
You can read my thoughts and enter the giveaway here.

What do you think you will read next?

The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
My stop on the tour will be April 1st. 


I am loving my reading world right now! 

What's on your WWW this week?

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I'll stop by to check out your reads.



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Cover Reveal: Collide by Christine Fonseca

Whoooeeee! 
Isn't this cover just beautiful!! 


Collide by Christine Fonseca
Paperback
Publication date: April 29th 2014
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Cover designed by Book Cover Machine

The most dangerous secrets are the ones that kill.

When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn't so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life.


About the author


Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. Drawing on her expertise as an educational psychologist, her nonfiction titles address issues of emotional intensity, resiliency and giftedness. In fiction, she explores the darker aspects of humanity and delivers gothic thrillers that take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. In life, she teaches her own children to embrace their unique talents and find their voice by being a force of positive change in the world.

When she’s not writing or developing programs to support children with exceptional needs, she can be found spending time with her family, sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. 

For more information about Christine Fonseca or her books, visit her website or her blog.

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